It all started with pastels. More specifically with being forced to wear them because they were “my colors”. I wanted so badly to wear deep saturated colors, that in defense I became a tomboy. Nobody will stuff you into a pale pink dress when you are sure to get it muddy! To this day I still dress with a complete disregard for what “my” colors are. Not that I don’t believe that some colors look better on me than others but if I want to wear red, darn it, I will wear red!
I have been an artist for about 10 years, and until recently I worked in mostly watercolors, oils, and acrylics. About 4 years ago I started working in advertising and had to learn all these computer programs that drove me absolutely batty. One weekend a year ago I needed to paint three pictures for a charity auction and got a wild idea and decided to try painting them on my computer. It worked out so well that I just kept going. When I finished “The Whoo’s Who” my husband and best friend told me that I needed to put some of my new art “out there” and let everyone decide for themselves if they liked it.
My love of painting has always been a part of who I am. Even untrained and knowing nothing I felt the need to draw and find a creative outlet. Finally at the age of 26 I decided that it just couldn’t wait any longer and enrolled in some art classes at the local junior college. It was love at first brushstroke. After that class I was hooked and because my job as a park ranger required that I move all the time I bounced from college to college soaking up as much knowledge as I could. Then I became a closet artist. After about 9 years of just doing work for my own house, friends, and family I put my art out there and let the public decide if they liked it or not.
I am a graphic artist. What this means is that I use mostly a computer to create my artwork. First I draw the picture by hand and then scan it into the computer. Then I redraw the picture using a program called Illustrator. After that I transfer the image to a program called Photoshop where I create layer upon layer of color, shading, and texture. The most common question I get is whether I use photos in my artwork. No I do not. I will look at different photos for reference while drawing but they are not used for anything other than reference.
I love nature. I love the many varied personalities and characters of the wildlife around me. Some are sassy, some are sweet, and some are just downright bratty but this is what makes me love nature so much. It constantly surprises us and keeps you coming back for more. This is what I try to convey in my artwork and the biggest complement I can get is when someone sees my work just breaks out in a smile.
Teresa Rosalie Roberts