Teresa was born in a small town in Oregon. As a child she always had pets and enjoyed wildlife. Living in a rural area allowed her to experience wildlife while fishing and camping with her family. She developed a deep love for the forest and the wildlife spending many hours looking for deer and other animals. She always loved drawing, it was natural she would choose animals as her subject of choice. Several years after moving to Southern California, Teresa took drawing and pastel lessons and began drawing pet portraits and wildlife renderings in pastel. She currently does commissions of pets and wildlife. Teresa has been commissioned to do the art for the Shadowland Foundation, which has 9 resident wolves in Lake Hughes, CA. Teresa is currantly giving workshops in pastel in the Antelope Valley where she lives with her family.
She is an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, member California Art League, Santa Clarita Art Association, and Lakes and Valleys Art Guild. She has won several awards at local shows, including Judges Choice for Jaguar, Best of Division for Takoda, and Best of Division for Cougar. She participated in the Pastels on High International Juried Show 2012. Teresa has shown at the SCAA Gallery in Valencia, Lakes and Valley Art Gallery, the Antelope Valley Fair and has paintings at several businesses.