e. terumi woods
Terumi Woods hesitates to call herself an artist. She’d rather say she’s a compulsive creator — fascinated by architecture, urban spaces, and nature, particularly when they intersect with each other.
Through real-world training in an architecture office and the variety of classes she took at City College of San Francisco, she realized there is a real tension between keeping the artistic inspiration alive and the tedium of the details. Her drawings try to represent that tension. Terumi is starting to really play with watercolor, a medium she finds both intriguing and terrifying … and she’s in love.
on the nightstand:
- How Architecture Works by Witold Rybczynski. He wrote the first non-fiction narrative about architecture, called Looking Around, that I ever read. I found it while in high school, and he has been a favorite author of mine since.
- Tricycle magazine, Summer 2014
- Frommer’s Great Escapes From NYC Without Wheels
Prospect Park. It keeps me grounded until I can escape the city periodically.
what’s one item in your spring wardrobe you can’t go without?
A hat of some kind. It really doesn’t matter which one. My dark hair acts like a heat island in the summer.
what’s your idea of the perfect spring meal?
A salad which has fresh greens, an amazing homemade dressing (citrus, salt, pepper, olive oil), pears, toasted walnuts, and freshly grated cheese. I could have this every day.
what are three constants in your day?
- Coffee (current preferred set up is a moka pot).
- Thinking about the next place to draw and how to get there by subway.
- The sounds of the store across the street.
tell us about the inspiration behind these photos.
I lived in San Francisco for 11 years before moving to New York City. I wanted to capture images that represent iconic SF, which may or may not be iconic tourist images. Images San Franciscans love. The drawings here represent only a brief overview as this project has become larger and more compelling than I expected.