About my work:
Tessa is completely taken in by the texture, color, and form of the natural environment.
Her pieces originate from fragments of the landscape; rocks, pine needles, shells, lichen, sand, sticks, small pieces of found glass, ground cover, pressed leaves, etc. The pieces are a mix of two and three-dimentional pieces. She does drawings, paintings, collages and prints. The prints are etchings, monotypes, chine collé and a mix of techniques. The 3-dimentiona pieces are of found wood, metal and other natural debris fashioned into mobiles, stables, assemblages and totems.
“I have explored a variety of aspects of my home environment over the years: vast landscapes with big skies and the indigenous cowboy there in, the plants in the mountains and high desert, fragments of the landscape and animal tracks. I find inspiration on a long walk or a horseback ride into the open Wyoming landscape, with only chatter of the birds and the wind. Every outing tells a great story, who was here, a badger, a bear or an elk, or lichen on a rock that looks like high art, and flowers blooming or dried in the fall, or the facinating remains of a forest fire.”
Kansas City Art Institute offered Tessa the invaluable philosophy that, mediums have no boundaries, always keep trying new things and pushing ideas to see where a piece goes. It can be an absolute disaster, campfire material, or it can be a completely new series. She was formally trained as a painter and printmaker, but she is also an intuitive art engineer. Tessa works in pastel, watercolor, oil, and a variety of printmaking processes. She works on paper, canvas and creations in wood, found materials, and metal. Her process is fluid and deliberate, and she generally creates from 10 - 20 pieces in a series.
A patron remarked, “ Your pieces connect me with the natural world when it is most needed, it brings peace to my life.”