Teri has been an award winning artist since the age of nine, when she received a gold medal first place win for her entry of a paper mache horse at the Illinois State Fair. Teri was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois and was drawing animals in colored pencil during her early years. She received a one week art scholarship during high school and continued to use colored pencils as her primary medium. After graduating from high school, Teri was accepted into the Art Instruction Schools Academy. However, Teri realized she needed to focus on her art in a different way, which is why she eschewed further art education to study, learn, and practice on her own time. Teri started dabbling in oil paints and transferred over to acrylic and is still painting on a regular basis. Her first love of paper mache and of animals has continued to inspire her in many directions. Teri has won many awards in local art shows with her colored pencil drawings and current paper mache pieces. She has perfected a paper mache formula which she can manipulate and use like clay. She was a member of the Springfield Art Association for many years before joining The Pharmacy.
Here are some photos of Teri’s paper mache sculptures.