Artist Britt Bass Turner

Finding inspiration in the world around her

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Devon McKenna/Photosynthesis Atlanta
Devon McKenna/Photosynthesis Atlanta
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BY CANDY WAYLOCK
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Where others may see the ordinary, artist Britt Bass Turner sees a canvas soon to be alive with splashes of color.

“Everything inspires me!” said Turner, 26, an abstract artist with a studio in Roswell. “My inspiration comes from all the visual information I take in. I take my phone with me when I am out on walks or traveling and snap pictures of inspiring shapes and colors to use as material for when I get back to the studio.”

Her studio on Oak Street in Roswell serves as a “respite” for her creative process while meeting the needs of an active business. Here, she creates not only canvass art, but a line of accessories, including cell phone covers, ornaments and a variety of paper goods.

“My studio is full of happy paintings and natural light [and] I hope people feel joy and happiness when they are [surrounded] by my work,” Turner said. She notes her studio is divided into thirds, with the front third devoted to her painting space, middle third for display and the last third for production.

Her studio is just steps away from Miko and Boone Home, the design firm owned by her mother, Amy Ferrer, who Turner credits with giving her the confidence and encouragement to be an artist.

A native of Milton who graduated from Milton High School in 2007 and the University of Georgia in 2011, Turner can’t remember a time in her life when color, art and design did not surround her.

“I’ve always loved art and creative endeavors. My mom was in the industry as I was growing up, [so] I started refining my eye for color, pattern and textures very early on,” she said. “I love to look at fashion design, interior design and nature for palettes and shapes as [a starting point] for my painting.”

Others observed her talent for the arts long before she discovered it in herself, she said, recalling a third-grade teacher who told her she would be an artist when she grew up.

“I thought for the longest time I wanted to be an architect because I loved the shapes and really enjoy logistics and problem solving … maybe one day!” Turner said with a laugh.

For now, she is a highly sought-after abstract artist whose success at such a young age is measured by her work as a commissioned artist and the numerous galleries that display her work.

“The amount of success has surprised me,” she admitted. “However, I am very driven and was very determined to make a career out of this. I had no idea it would be this fast but am so thankful for the support and hope it continues so I can paint forever.”

She discovered her passion and talent for abstract painting late in her college career, and it became her signature style.

“I didn’t start painting abstractly until I took painting courses by abstract professors during my last year in college,” said Turner, who is married to her childhood sweetheart, Render Turner. “Learning the techniques of the new mediums and how to work with an intuitive process changed my artwork forever – I fell in love!”

She tries to spend about three hours a day painting, but said the time spent often depends on her mood and what happens to be inspiring her that moment. And the finished product is revealed only when the final brushstroke is laid down.

“My artwork is all about the process,” Turner explained. “I don’t know what the painting will look like until I’m completely finished. Every brushstroke, color choice, etc. is a reaction to the one made before it. I work in lots of layers and on multiple pieces at once so I am operating with very different pieces and stages of paintings simultaneously.”

While Turner is grateful for her artistic abilities, she is quick to credit those who mentored and taught her how to turn those talents into a career.

“I am so grateful for all my art teachers and professors throughout my schooling who took me under their wing, spent extra time to develop me outside of classes, encouraged me to take private workshops, and supported me to join collectives and galleries,” said Turner, specifically citing teachers from Crabapple Elementary, Milton High and UGA.

To view Britt Bass Turners portfolio, visit www.brittbass.com. ■

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