Teresa graduated from Whanganui’s Quay School of the Arts in 2000 where she mostly worked with silver-based photography, antique and alternative photographic processes and photographic silkscreen as well as woodblock printing, assemblage, artist books and collage. In 2007 she graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design from Auckland University of Technology. During her post graduate study her creative work and research was influenced by Deep Ecology, Transpersonal Psychology, Buddhism, Shamanism and Alchemy. Teresa’s primary creative medium is collage and she has been creating hand-crafted collages since 1998. She also enjoys taking her camera into the forest and has a passion for photographing native flora.
Teresa began creating collages twenty years ago in visual diaries and artist’s books, initially as a process to develop deeper self-awareness. Her collages are still autobiographical in nature, but also speak to the transpersonal and the universal path of awakening. She crafts alchemical works using sacred geometry, colour and symbolism. Teresa is an artist and an alchemist, her creative works transform. The actual process of creating the work is transformative, intensely charged internal states undergo a metamorphosis during the creative process. This transformation is supported by meditation and altered states of consciousness. From this alchemical process a sense of integration and union emerges which enables states of being to be transformed into higher forms of expression. The collages can also be experienced as meditation aids, harmonising and integrating aspects of consciousness. In this way her artworks can be seen as tools for the transmutation of consciousness, for promoting wholeness and wholesome relationship with oneself and the world.
In 2005 Teresa spend several months studying Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and meditation in India and Nepal. She has been studying and practicing Buddha Dharma for over 10 years and for the past 5 years she has regularly attended silent meditation retreats with her spiritual community at Wangapeka Retreat Centre near Nelson. She has been studying with the Medicine Woman Centre for Shamanic and Esoteric Studies since 2011, which has included working intensively with New Zealand native teacher plants and alchemical elixirs as a spiritual pathway. She has also received training in New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy and Psychosynthesis Counselling. Her artwork is deeply influenced by her training and spiritual path and seeks to give expression to the profound internal landscape of her experience. While she has had the opportunity to work with a number of exceptional teachers in her life, she considers Nature to be her greatest teacher and inspiration.