someone asks me why I paint, the answer is very simple: I
paint because I must.
is as important to me as breathing. It's a necessary
process for expressing myself. But, perhaps more
importantly, it's a journey of discovery. Every painting
teaches me something new about who I am.
as long as I can remember I've loved to paint and draw. Pastels are the ideal medium because they allow me to do
both. I'm exhilarated by the vibrant colors and the
hands-on process of manipulating them to achieve any
effect. Pastels are intuitive, expressive and a joy to work
a very visual person and find that I'm captivated by light and shadow,
mood and atmosphere, and the spirit of what I see before me. The brilliant hues available in pastels
allow me to depict these elusive characteristics. When a subject makes my heart soar I know it's time to pick up my
pastels and start expressing what I feel. If I can
impart even a fraction of what moves me then I consider the
painting a success.
My goals is to produce paintings that inspire
introspection; paintings that nurture the viewer's process of
self-discovery and self-awareness. My greatest pleasure
comes from watching someone who is stopped in front of one of my
paintings, completely immersed in it, fully captivated by their
own inner journey.
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many moods inspire and nurture me deep to the core. I
never feel quite so alive and "sane" as I do when I'm
immersed in the great outdoors. One of my greatest joys
is to embark on an extended camping trip with my husband
and our well-traveled dog - and to spend days at a time
engulfed by the beauty that nature provides.
Time away from civilization returns
me to my best self. A deep connection to nature’s
undeniable rhythms inspires my work. I paint landscapes
with the intent to convey the wonder and magic I
experience while surrounded by nature.
as long as I can remember I've been intrigued by people - and
all of the myriad forms and personalities that make up the
human race. As they say about snowflakes, no two are
on I studied the human psyche while acquiring a degree in
psychology. Over the years I've keenly observed the people
around me. It wasn't until I started painting, however,
that I found an outlet for what I observe.
often I'm initially attracted to the way the light falls on
someone's face. But, ultimately, I find myself trying to
capture that elusive and unique something that resides within
each person, not just the likeness that I see before me. In the process I often discover something about myself and the
connection that we all share. Perhaps you'll find
something of yourself in these paintings as well.
About the Work
of my paintings are done on archival paper using the highest
quality pastels available today. hey're framed under glass
with archival mat board and backing board and placed in sturdy
frames to protect them and ensure their longevity. When you
purchase an original pastel painting you're investing in a
one-of-a-kind treasure that will retain its brilliance for
generations to come.
Freed spent many years in small business management before
turning her attention to her inner artist. As an 'art'
quilter, she studied color and design for several years before
turning to her first love: painting. An avid
gardener, her paintings are inspired by her garden and the
scenery near her home outside Chelsea, Michigan, by her travel to
exquisite locations and by her reactions to human form,
expression and personality.
work has been featured in several one-person exhibits and
countless juried exhibits of the Ann Arbor Women Artist, the
Great Lakes Pastel Society, and group exhibits of the Chelsea
Painters. Her work is included in numerous private
in the field of art includes undergraduate studies at Eastern
Michigan University and classes with nationally prominent artists
Don Andrews, Donna Zagotta, Polly Hammett and Judith Carducci.
is professionally associated with the Portrait Society of
America, the Ann Arbor Women Artists, and the Chelsea
Painters. She is represented by the Chelsea Gallery in
Chelsea, Michigan and the River Street Gallery in Manistee,
Michigan. She also accepts portrait commissions.
Workshops, and Demonstrations
Teresa is sometimes available to present short demonstrations or
lectures on working with pastels, and occasionally teaches one-
and three-day workshops. Depending on your group's
interests, she can focus on
portraits, landscapes, or on mastering the pastel medium.
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