Teresa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design from the University of Kansas. In 1976 she was recommended by the Dean of Fine Arts to help the local police department locate a serial rapist in Lawrence, Kansas. There, she worked as a forensic sketch artist listening to verbal descriptions to help apprehend the suspect in Nebraska. Working from life right out of high school prepared her for the assignment. Before entering college she sketched pastel portraits from life everyday in front of an outdoor audience for several months 6 days a week in St. Louis, Missouri. Working alongside other more seasoned artists was an invaluable experience and during that intense period her draftsmanship rapidly improved.
During college her fine art photography and design courses contributed to her skill set. After college, the road to becoming an oil painter was a circuitous one beginning at several significant advertising agencies in Dallas. Shortly thereafter she entered into a successful freelance career as an illustrator and graphic designer producing work for major national retailers. The majority of her work was rendered in black and white and all the values in between, but, it wasn't until much later that color was incorporated into her images. During this period she honed her design and illustrative skills, meeting hundreds of print deadlines and supporting herself for 26 years.
Primarily self taught, Elliott is perhaps best known for her extensive group of Texas longhorn oil paintings which are included in corporate and private collections across the United States, Canada and Australia. She has been selected to exhibit in many invitational museums shows nationwide winning awards in Colorado, Texas and Arizona. Her work is represented in galleries in Fredericksburg, TX, Santa Fe, NM and Jackson Hole, WY where she has had several individual and group shows. Teresa lives and paints in Alpine,Texas, north of the Big Bend National Park.
Jan 19, 2013