Terry Winans has been painting since he was 14, joining his father shortly after his family moved from Minnesota to Mesa.
"My father was a painting and decorating contractor," Winans said. "He did large art, mostly commercial jobs. I worked with him after school and on weekends."
After 15 years, Winans started his own painting company.
"We did commercial, residential and custom homes, graphic design," he said.
About nine years ago, Winans moved his family to Payson.
"We came to get out of the Valley," he said. "It was just getting too hot, growing too fast. We kind of wanted to get into a little town where it was nice and slow, a lot more mellow."
For a while, Winans kept his painting business in the Valley.
"I basically commuted back and forth for about six years, but just the physical part of construction helped me get out of it real quick."
So he made a big leap, putting his painting skills to work in a new venture that would allow him to stay in Payson. He and wife Lynne, who is also the site manager for Payson Head Start, opened The Wild Brush Art Gallery & Framing.
Currently located at 405 South Beeline, Winans features the work of 25 local artists and 30 from around the state.
"We carry a real wide variety of just about all different types of art," he said.
Winans personally handles the framing side of the business.
"I design frames; I do custom framing, matting, some faux finishes; and I do special effects on frames," he said.
Winans offers this advice for people who want to decorate with art:
"Look at your decor, then kind of look around at different galleries and find out what they have available that looks good and complements the furniture," he said. "Colors don't necessarily play such an important role.
"What is more important is the type of art and how it fits in with the decor -- whether it be antique, contemporary, abstract. There's a whole world of art out there."
Once you've chosen the art, don't let the framing compete with or overpower it, Winans says. "It's real important that the colors you're using in the frame aren't distracting from the artwork, because the main focal point in any framed picture is the artwork," he said. "If you're seeing the mat and the frame, it is probably framed improperly because it's detracting from the artwork."
Metal frames are especially popular these days, according to Winans.
"Metal frames go real good with contemporary furnishings, and there are so many styles out there," he said. "They used a lot of ornamental, old style frames years and years ago on the older paintings -- stuff by, like, Rembrandt. Today, they are better suited for a beveled mirror."
Matting should also enhance rather than detract.
"I like to pick a dominant color out of the artwork and use that to drive you into it," Winans said. "Maybe a fairly neutral color on the outside, but I've seen it work real well to do it the opposite way and still bring you into the art."
A lot of people adapt art from one house to another by having it reframed.
"We change a lot of art out in frames when people relocate to fit their decor," Winans said. "We also work with people on frames they do have -- maybe change the finish."
Winans also does custom shadow boxes.
"People sometimes have stuff in a drawer for 20 years and they decide to pull it out," Winans said.
The quality of the artists working in Payson impresses Winans, but the local art scene does not.
"Payson has probably some of the best artists in the state," he said. "What Payson needs is a stronger art community. A center for the arts would be nice."
Jerome, according to Winans, is a community Payson can learn from.
"It's a small town that's an art colony," he said. "I was up there a week ago and I walked in one shop. I was in there for 20 minutes talking to the artist and there was probably 30 people that came through, and you go from shop to shop and it's like that. Payson is tough, because there's a shop here, a shop there."
But Winans isn't complaining too much. He's making a living doing something he loves, and he gets to meet lots of interesting people in the process.
"Every picture tells a story, and there's a million of them out there," he said with a smile.
Name: Terry Winans
Occupation: Custom framing, retail and art supplies
Employer: The Wild Brush Art Gallery & Framing
Birthplace: Fergus Falls, Minn.
Family: Wife Lynne -- site manager for Payson Head Start, daughter Jen -- hair stylist at Payson Day Spa, son Jake -- Payson High School junior.
Personal motto: Life is life -- take it one day at a time.
Inspiration: My family and friends.
Greatest feat: Not yet accomplished.
Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Motorcycle riding, fishing and rebuilding anything that's old.
Three words that describe me best: Honest, caring, sincere.
I don't want to brag but ... it's a sad dog that won't wag its own tail.
Person in history I'd most like to meet: The Wright Brothers because I love flying.
Luxury defined: The many blessings we have through our journey in life.
Dream vacation spot: Australia.
Why Payson? We chose to raise our children in a small-town environment, and what greater place than Payson?