Every painting I create is an exciting experience in technique, expression, likeness and color. And each piece of artwork offers a different unique challenge. I strive for my artwork to evoke a good feeling to the viewer - maybe a memory of a special place or happiness at seeing an attractive combination of colors.
Teresa has been drawing and painting ever since she can remember. One of her first memories of art is making figure sculptures out of playdough in Kindergarten along with drawing all over the brown paper covers of her school books at school. She continues painting in pastels, acrylics, and watercolor along with teaching drawing and painting classes in the evenings and weekends.
She received her B.A. degree in Fine Arts and soon after began a career as a graphic designer. Several years later she received her Masters Degree in Education. She currently works full time as a graphics designer creating a variety of graphics and multimedia products. In the evening and on weekends she teaches private and group art classes in drawing and painting.
To fulfill her desire for creating fine art, Teresa paints in her free time and is an active member of the Springfield Art Guild and the Pastel Society of Virginia. She likes to try new techniques and processes to improve her work. She often participates in local art shows and competitions where she has sold her artwork and been presented with awards. Teresa's latest achievement was her acceptance into the well known Loft Gallery in Occoquan, VA where she is now one of 21 professional artists exhibiting and selling her artwork.
Her paintings have been juried into many art shows in the Northern Virginia area including the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, The Liberty Arts Center in Fredericksburg, The Ernst Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College, Green Spring Gardens Fairfax County Park in Alexandria, the Franconia Government Center in Springfield, and the Goodwin House in Alexandria.
Bachelors of Fine Art – Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, Saint Mary’s City, Maryland
Masters of Education – Mary Mount University, Arlington, Virginia
Workshops: Pastel Painting from Doug Dawson, Margaret Haywood Sullivan and Marla Bagatta
Continuing Education: The Art League, Alexandria, VA (Colored Pencil Techniques, Pastel Painting, Pastel Portraits). The Lorton Workhouse in Lorton, VA (watercolor painting)
June 2018: 2nd Place at Springfield Art Guild Member Show at Springfield, VA – Judge, Florence Setzer
September 2017: Honorable Mention at Springfield Art Guild Show at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA – Judge, Marcia Weidler
September 2015: 3rd Place, Springfield Art Guild Show at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA – Judge, Jill Poyerd
May 2014: 1st Place Lorton Market Place Arts and Craft Show
September 2014: Honorable Mention at Springfield Art Guild Show at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA, Judge, Brenda Bartell
June 2013: 2nd Place at Lorton Workhouse Plein Air Show Lorton, VA, Judges- Peoples Choice
October 2018 Springfield Art Guild at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA, Judge – Jill Banks
September 2017 Springfield Art Guild at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA, Judge - Marcia Weildler
September 2016 Springfield Art Guild at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA, Judge - Alice Kale
September 2015 Springfield Art Guild at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA, Judge - Jill Poyerd
October 2014 Delray Artisans Gallery Show in Alexandria, VA, Juried in by Board
February 2014 Liberty Town Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA, Juried in by Gallery Board
September 2014 Springfield Art Guild at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA, Judge - Brenda Bartell
September 2013 Springfield Art Guild at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA,
November 2013 Liberty Town Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA, Juried in by Gallery
2018 - May 2018 Accepted to the Pastel Society of America
2018- Present - Pastel Society of America
2016 - Present - Loft Gallery co-op Artist
2012 – Present - Springfield Art Guild member
2013 – Present - Springfield Art Guild President
2013 – 2017 - Pastel Society of Virginia member
Teaching Art Classes and Workshops
2019 - Present: Teaching Pastel Painting Classes for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Huntley Meadows Park
2017 - Present: Teaching drawing and painting for the Alexandria City Library system
2017 – Present: Teaching a variety of art classes at the Loft Gallery in Occoquan, VA (Drawing, Pastel Painting, Wine Glass Painting etc)
2015 – Present: Teaching painting classes for the Alexandria City Recreation Department of the Arts. Durant Arts Center
2001 – Present: Children’s private and small group classes for drawing, painting and crafts
2014 – Present: Adult beginning painting classes