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BIOGRAPHY my story

Theresa 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 soon found she couldn't live without her art so she attended 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 living nearly four years in Germany, 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.​​

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


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.

About the signature T. Otteson- One day I was asked why I sign my paintings T. Otteson instead of  my whole name, Theresa Otteson. The answer to that question is that when I try to write with a paintbrush I become totally  uncoordinated. So to minimalize the irritation I feel when I repeatedly write and then wipe out my name, I shortened the signature to T. Otteson. Now you know, as much as I would like to have an elegant signature it's just not going to happen.

Theresa OttesonFine Art