We had the good fortune of connecting with Tere Schwartzbart and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tere, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I am literally on a mission from God! Everything I paint is for the glory of God. I had always dreamed of painting but for decades it was just a dream. At some point, I felt that the Lord was saying “Stop dreaming! Go!” So I went. I picked up a paint brush relatively late in life and apparently found what I was born to do. Evidently, my dream was not unfounded. In a short time, I have been a visiting artist at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, participated in multiple exhibits and most recently opened Galeria Bezalel Christian-themed art gallery. You never know what God may be waiting to do if you will just take the first step!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is simple. I don’t consider myself to be competing with other artists. I paint what I feel God wants me to paint. My paintings are soft and pretty. When I am painting I am in a very personal space. When the inspiration comes, I like to close the door for hours and not talk with anyone. I have a beautiful and very personal intimacy with God when the paint is flowing.

Regarding how did I get to where I am today, going back to school as an adult was a big challenge for me. I was surrounded by youngsters that had been painting all their lives. Where I came from, I was working from the age of 8. I had zero opportunity to pick up a paint brush as a child. Young people who have grown up in America with books, art supplies, musical instruments etc. in the classroom don’t realize what a gift it is to have an education. They don’t know how good they have it to be able to focus on school during their childhood as opposed to going to work.

I learned along the way, that sharing your art with others requires a thick skin. From day one, I experienced encouragement from some, criticism from others and even downright rejection from some art associations that liked my art but weren’t so crazy about my inspiration Jesus.

I want the world to know that it is never too late to explore your creative side through art! I would like them to contemplate my story as they see my art. You never know what God may be waiting to do if you will just take the first step.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I like the outdoors so I would go for a nice, delicious breakfast at the Black Cow in Montrose and then a leisurely stroll in Descanso Gardens. The next day, we would drive to Agua Dulce Vineyard for a picnic with a basket full of goodies from Trader Joes including my favorites Manchego, Iberico and Castellano along with whatever they are pouring that day. Then of course, galleries/museums ranging from extremely high end like the Getty Villa to earthy, experimental grass-roots stuff that can only be found at the Brewery Art Walk. We would have to include LACMA. The galleries at the Santa Monica Airport are adorable. Bergamot Station sometimes has a few great exhibits. The Broad is spectacular and sometimes surprising. Other foodie adventures would include churrascaria, the Granada Hills Food Trucks and DTLA’s Central Market.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I thank God for opening the door for me to study art and to travel to Jerusalem as a guest artist at the Hebrew University and for giving me the vision for Galeria Bezalel. I thank God for using my husband to make many of my dreams come true. Lastly, I am grateful to Shoutout LA for giving me this interview!

Website: http://galeriabezalel.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tereschwartzbart/

Twitter: @artschwartzbart

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zta.zta.9/

Youtube: https://youtu.be/pJHvKs4cDic

Other: http://www.truli.com/video/389311/world-renowned-quadriplegic-artist-tommy-hollenstein-at-galeria-bezalel https://www.facebook.com/GaleriaBezalel/

Image Credits
Aaron Schwartzbart Tere Schwartzbart

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