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Martin creates book of art
and inspiration
By Mary Ann Beahon
Terry Martin
, longtime William Woods University professor
of art, is known for his vividly colored paintings of nature.
Now he has combined his love of nature, art, and writing in
a newly published book, “Children, Dogs and Sunflowers.”
“I decided
to create an
anthology of
stories close
to my heart
because humble
stories of an
and honest
nature can
motivate others
to write and
share their own
life stories,”
he said.
“For years,
my primary means of communication was visual art,”
Martin said. “Then students, family, and friends became
my reason for wanting to write a book about my
experiences with them.”
He added, “Art, like all human endeavors, is made possible
by study, passion, and acquired skills, but it requires some
faith before one can achieve a desirable end result …
Good work requires some things not of this world. Things
like love, encouragement from friends, imagination,
courage, and hope.”
In the forward to his book, Martin says, “This collection
of short stories began because of a short email I received
one day when I felt discouraged … the email so moved me
that I continued writing stories and painting with a renewed
sense of purpose.”
In the email, his friend wrote in part, “You write even better
than you paint … you should write a book … seriously.”
Martin wants his readers to “Follow the lead of my friend,
and encourage someone every day.”
Clarence Wolfshohl at work at his press and Jennifer Costello.
Even before he joined the WWU faculty in 1981,
Wolfshohl had owned and operated Timberline Press
in Fulton for six years. The small, but well-respected,
publishing company focused mainly on poetry. Wolfshohl
sold the company in 2010, but the new owners were
willing to publish the children’s book and took on
the project.
“Through the process of publishing the book, we had to
revise constantly,” Wolfshohl said. “Jennifer handled it
beautifully. She was very quick and never complained.
She is not only a good artist, but a good computer
Costello owns her own greeting card business, Arctic
Cards, in St. Louis, Mo., and also is an art specialist for
an after-school program at the Jewish Community Center
in Chesterfield. She loves the lighter side of life, which
can be seen in her whimsical and playful artwork, and
she believes if her artwork can bring a smile to
someone’s face, she has accomplished something.
“Working with the kids is always helpful, especially in my
business. Seeing their creativity often sparks my own.
Plus, having to come up with projects for the students to
work on forces me to keep up with my art,” she said.
Costello recommends that aspiring artists find what they
love and stick with it. She suggests students think
practically, too, and take business classes.
“I am very pleased I had the opportunity to work with
Dr. Wolfshohl,” Costello said. “Illustrating this book was a
great learning experience and something I would love to
do again. I enjoyed every bit of it.”