Teshia’s acrylic paintings of the wildlife in Western North America are dynamic, brilliantly colored and inspired by the beauty of the great outdoors and wild animals she encounters in her day to day life. To see more of her artwork, please visit her website.
What an epic year! I turned 30 (ahhh!), became represented by several new renowned galleries, hit record high sales for my original art, fine art prints and home décor items, and was contacted by numerous licensees. All of this only three years after launching my website and one year from officially beginning my career as a full time professional artist. I am living proof of my favorite quote…. “Follow your bliss, and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
My passion for art started at the age of 7 while taking art classes. After selling my first painting in the 4th grade for $200, the desire grew and took hold of me, along with my dream of one day becoming an artist.
When I was 11, my family made a big lifestyle change and moved to a small town in Montana nestled between mountains, lakes, rivers and abundant wildlife of every kind. My life was centered around wild activities, from hunting big game to snorkeling and spear fishing in the lakes around me. I went ice fishing in below zero temps, snowboarded in the backcountry and even snowmobiled across the frozen lake to get to school.
I was able to snowshoe, cross-country ski, dirt bike and hike right out my back door. Trips to world famous Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks were common. My life consisted of non-stop adventures many will never have, and I drank it all in.
In the 7th grade I did my first commissioned painting. In the 8th grade I won a national art contest for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which was used for promotional items, including t-shirts. In high gchool I was hired to paint a large two-sided outdoor sign for a local business. The image on that sign was later published as artwork on a book cover.
I went on to receive a B.S. in Business-Marketing and minor in Media Arts from the University of Montana. After working with my Dad (also a talented artist) in the financial business, my dream of establishing ‘TeshiaArt” lingered in my heart. ~ It is said that we are all born knowing our purpose in life…. that it is our mission to unveil it. ~
One day, I had a captivating vision that would forever change my life. It was a moose, but not just a brown, awkward, ordinary one. This moose was radiating color and energy and dribbling prismatic streaks of color from his drooling snout. He was vibrant, beautiful and intoxicating. That vision evolved into my first TeshiaArt masterpiece and marked the turning point in my career.
Today, TeshiaArt images can be found in the homes of collectors throughout the world. I have learned so much about my art and the impact that it has on people and their emotions.
I have learned that by following our bliss, we inadvertently open the doors for others to follow theirs….making the world a brighter and more colorful place for all.
Live Life Colorfully!
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