Cuba, New York
Theresa has taught art in public high schools for the past 20 years, as well as at both St. Bonaventure University and the Olean campus of Jamestown Community College as an adjunct.
Theresa speaks about her work:
"Although I have been and continue to be a landscape painter in the most traditional sense, my teaching career has provided me with the emotional motivation to create collage work as well.
"In response to witnessing the victimization of children of divorce, neglect and abuse, I am interested in exploring the expression of this through image and word. These pieces attempt to capture the innocence of youth, the fragile form of the human mind and body and the destructive results from powers beyond their control.
"My collage work involves drawing and painting as well as found objects, imagery and words. I am intrigued by layering media, transparency and icons as metaphors for the multitudinous struggles of and influences upon adolescents. Many of these most recent pieces begin with canvas or paper primed black, which on a symbolic level represents the emotional statement being made and at the same time creates an interesting ground for the colors being applied."