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Rising Stars: Meet Terry Durham

Today we’d like to introduce you to Terry Durham.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My name is Terry Durham, Jr. and I’m from Goldsboro NC. I currently reside in Fayetteville NC. My interest in art began in middle school and became a hobby in high school.

In 2009, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, with concentrations in Painting and Drawing, from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I have found my work to be therapeutic for my viewers and me personally.

In 2006, I was in a head-on accident with an 18-wheeler, which almost took my life. Along with breaking my collar bone, I also broke my jaw in five places, a rib, a toe, a femur, shattered my knee, and dislocated my hip. The only things that weren’t injured were my hands. I found painting in occupational therapy to be helpful, healing, and therapeutic.

Not only do I find art something that I enjoy doing but I am educated and have professional training in the field so I decided to make it a business, “Applied Rare Talent”. Applied because I use it daily, Rare because you won’t find much variety in one place, and Talent because it’s my God-given gift. In other words, I use my God-given gift, my Applied Rare Talent, my ART.

I love encouraging others to use what they have access to in order to express themselves artistically. Some of my mediums include painting, drawing, wood burning, photography, and digital work. I also try making things with whatever I can get my hands on, I love to explore and see how mediums to mix.

From 2012 to 2019, I helped kids discover their artistic talents by teaching in the public school system. I was a substitute teacher for all grade levels the first few years before teaching high school full-time. Now I still get to teach but on a personal level when I instruct paint classes.

Before the year ends, I’ll start general private lessons.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It wasn’t as smooth a road as I’d had hoped it be. I’m grateful for the obstacles and for being to overcome the challenges. Art was not my original path but dentistry was. As I was working on my bachelor’s degree is when the 18-wheeler accident occurred.

That was one of the main obstacles and that really steered me to follow my heart. I was not accepted into dental school and that confirmed what I had been feeling. I started my business upon graduation, overcoming challenges along the way such as funds to stay afloat, trademark and lawyer fees, and buying supplies to expand.

Figuring out for myself how to market, learning to vend, and exploring different mediums are also challenges I’ve faced. Creating came easy but learning the business side of doing art was a huge obstacle.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I do it all when it comes to art because I strive to be a one-stop-shop. Airbrushing and sculpting are the two areas I don’t specialize in. But I’ve incorporated them in some way to work in the past.

Besides that, I paint and draw portraits, wood burn, face paint, do murals, engrave mirrors, teach classes, paint on shoes and clothes and do digital designs.

What are your plans for the future?
I plan to teach wood burning on a bigger level.


  • 16×20 -$250 black and white drawing.
  • 18×24 -$350 black and white drawing.
  • 16×20 -$300 painting.
  • 18×24 -$450 painting.
  • Additional $100 per person in the portrait.

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