ABOUT theresa

BEHIND THE PAINTINGS

 

On June 5, 1969, not only did my mother give birth to me,  but to a gift that was placed on the inside of me. That day the gift of Art was created as well. 

 

I remember being in elementary school, sitting at my desk waiting for my teacher to place the manila sheet of paper in front of me. It was just like a new toy that I couldn't wait to get my hands on, and I could play with it all day long and never get tired. 

 

Being in art class throughout high school gave me a way of escaping and expressing myself on paper. At the time, I didn’t realize this form of expression was turning into a necessary therapeutic session for me  because of abuse that I had endured as a child. 

Not having any formal training, I developed my own style. I sit on the floor to paint with my canvas pulled close to me, and while creating each piece I find myself having to look at it from all directions. I know I must feel each piece to convey what's inside of me; and once I'm finished, a relationship has been established and I have completed what I set out to do. I don't just want my paintings to be beautiful, I want them to set the atmosphere of wherever they are placed. Faith, joy, color, and soul are the core of my paintings; these are what I believe to be the medicines of life. 

Theresa Cates 

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