Therese McAteer ~ Mixed Media Artist
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Artist Statement

The stunning natural beauty of the American Southwest, and my love of all things botanical form the foundation of my work.

My Father was a landscape gardener and I was his sidekick. We planted, tended and loved our gardens and being outdoors surrounded by nature’s beauty. In every season, a garden, orchard, or meadow beckoned me to examine closely what was at hand….a leaf, a blossom, a tree. In 2003, a class in Botanical Illustration at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia kindled my passion for botanical art and gave expression to my enchantment with gardens and plants…with the layers, and depth and details we see when we stop and “stare... until we see transcendence.” (Flannery O’Connor). Botanical art became my expression of the intricacies, mysteries and beauty surrounding us daily. It is this sense of mystery and beauty, I hope to communicate to you with my art.

Spending a year teaching art on the Navajo Reservation gave me the opportunity to travel throughout New Mexico and Arizona, absorbing the sculptural landscape forms, visiting pueblos and hogans, ancient sites and long abandoned homes. The history of the area is alive for me, the presence of the ancients still shimmering through the light and the landscape. This mystique is what I attempt to give voice to in my work.

While living in eastern North Carolina, the prime agricultural crops of tobacco and cotton captured my interest and dominated my work.

I received my certificate in Botanical Illustration and Art from The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia. Christaphora Robeers, international artist and teacher based in Richmond, was a most valued teacher and critic. My painting group in East Carolina under the guidance of Gail Ritzer joyfully encouraged and inspired me to explore new directions in my work. Now living in the beautiful Texas Hill Country I look forward to exploring new life forms (except for rattlesnake!)

I work in watercolor, oil, and acrylics, alternating between the scientific accuracy and beauty of nature in botanicals and capturing the drama and vastness of the landscapes and structures of the Southwest.

I exhibit with juried group and solo shows in several venues throughout Virginia, New Mexico and North Carolina.

My art is collected by patrons throughout the United States.

Artist Biography

Therese K. McAteer
117 Skyview Drive
Kerrville, Texas 78028
830 367 2236

Honorable Mention W/C
Ayden Festival
Ayden, North Carolina 2016

Solo Shows
Richmond Public Library 2009
2300 Club, Richmond, Virginia 2010
Ken Baucom Salon 2009
Zacharias Ganey Center 2005

Juried Group Shows - New Mexico
Roswell Fine Arts League and Miniature Arts Society - 2015

Richmond, Virginia
James Center 2012
Uptown Gallery 2011
Crossroads Gallery 2009-2012
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 2011
The Hermitage at Cedarfield 2010
Westminster Canterbury Annual Show 2009
Richmond City Public Library 2009
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Student Show 2005

Professional Associations
Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center
American Society of Botanical Artists
Central Virginia Botanical Artists 2010-2012
Greenville North Carolina Brushstrokes 2013-2017
Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association 2009-2012

Additional Experience, Volunteer Service
Volunteer Art Teacher - St. Michaels Indian School, St. Michaels, Arizona
Certificate in Botanical Illustration, 2010, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia
Watercolor and Collage with Christaphora Robeers, Crossroads Gallery, Richmond, Virginia 2009-2012
Paper Painting Workshop, Amelia Island, Florida with Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, 2011
MA, English, 1993, Writing and Rhetoric focus, Virginia Commonwealth University
BA, English, 1983, Anthropology minor, University of Texas at San Antonio

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