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Artist Biography – Teresa B. Graham
Teresa B. Graham was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. After being a stay at home wife and mother Teresa taught playschool in her community and ended her career as a Science Lab Technician with Edmonton Catholic Schools. During this time she explored her creative talents by taking part in a variety of programs offered through the Continuing Education program in Edmonton.
Her biggest inspiration was her father who started painting at the age of 82.
His peace and joy became her peace and joy. Armed with his supplies she joined the adult art group at her place of employment and came to the realization that interpreting nature and her surroundings gave her much pleasure. Watercolour became her chosen medium.
She attended a summer session in watercolour at the Red Deer College taught by Isabelle Hunt-Johnson and continued to further develop her skills by taking courses and workshops in watercolour and other mediums from established artists such as Willie Wong, Brent Laycock, Frances Alty-Arscott, Susanne Lamoureux, Elyse Eliot-Los, Frank Haddock, J. Vloothuis, David Shkolny ,Susan Cassault and Rayma Peterson.
Teresa paints daily at home, as well as with a circle of friends. She is an active member of the Willie Wong and Friends _art group, Signature status member of the _Society of Western Canadian Artists where she is a member of the Exhibitions Committee, and serves as juror/critic for status advancement. She is also an active member of the Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert.
Teresa has been commissioned to paint a variety of subjects, from pet portraits and florals to forest floors and Corvids usually from photos she or her family have taken. Her art is represented in private collections in Canada, the United States and Russia.
Teresa was represented by the Daffodil Gallery, Edmonton, the Kamena Gallery, Edmonton and The Madsen Gallery , Edmonton, until their closing. .
Teresa has been inspired by the life and paintings of Emily Carr and the architecture of Antoni Gaudi.
Her father’s memory is a daily inspiration.