Theresa was born in Provo, Utah and lived in California, Illinois, and Utah as a child. She was blessed with a boringly normal, well- adjusted childhood full of love. After high school she attended Utah State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology. She met her husband there and had  two beautiful daughters. She soon found she couldn't live without her art so she went to the University of Utah and graduated Cum Laude, in 1996, with a Bachelor of Fine Art. She immediately moved to Germany where she traveled, drew, painted, and saw art in many of the European museums. After nearly four years she moved to Utah, where she worked as the Education Coordinator for the Bountiful/Davis Art Center for 5 years. She is now working on establishing a cultural alliance for the county she lives in, works in her studio, and teaches group and private lessons.


I am blessed to be able to share my passion for art through teaching. It is gratifying to see students' excitement when they create something new that they didn't feel capable of doing before. You will find my art in galleries, public buildings, and private collections in Europe, Japan, and the United States.   

Read more about me in these two publications by Artsy Shark and Manhattan Arts International

To see my work browse my  Portfolio page


I have found that my work is not about expressing or addressing ideas or issues. My art focuses on color and shapes. I will not choose to paint something unless the combination of colors and shapes appeal to me. Color is a very expressive element and can be made to represent a wide range of moods, it can be rich and vibrant or soft and subtle. I enjoy being able to recreate scenes from life that can be simple yet evocative. I believe that even the most seemingly mundane things are intriguing and are often deep in their simplicity and I seek to capture that. For me art is not solely about others' enjoyment or approval, art is about my own creative process and the enjoyment it gives me. Some of the best moments for me while painting, are when the colors and forms work together to make a subject come alive.

Fine Art by 

Theresa Otteson