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 the beauty and lushness of nature. In every season, a garden, orchard, or meadow held wonder for me.... wonder at the design of a leaf, a blossom, a tree. In 2003, I took my first class in Botanical Illustration at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia, which 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.

Living now in East Carolina (North Carolina) I am once again in a rural area with nature "bustin out all over." So, my botanicals now depict agricultural subjects and my landscapes old and familiar forms of forests and fields.

I studied Botanical Illustration and Art at The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia, and received a Certificate in Botanical Illustration. Christaphora Robeers, international artist and teacher based in Richmond, continues to be my most valued teacher and critic. My painting group in East Carolina under the guidance of Gail Ritzer joyfully encourages and inspires me to explore new directions in my work.

I work in watercolor, oil, and acrylics, and 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
536 Cliff Court
Winterville, N.C. 28590

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
Roswell Fine Arts League and Miniature Arts Society - 2015
James Center - 2012
Crossroads Gallery - 2011-2012
Uptown Gallery - 2011
St Mark's Episcopal Church - 2011
The Hermitage at Cedarfield - 2010
Westminster Canterbury Annual Show - 2009
Richmond City Library - 2009
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Student Show - 2005

Professional Associations
American Society of Botanical Artists
Central Virginia Botanical Artists 2010-2013
Greenville Art Museum
Greenville Brushstrokes
Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association 2009-2012
Treasurer - Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association 2011-2012

Additional Experience, Volunteer Service
Volunteer Art Teacher - St Michael Indian School, St Michaels Arizona
Donated artwork to a variety of charitable auctions
Certificate in Botanical Illustration, 2010, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Richmond, Virginia
Studied watercolor and collage with Christaphora Robeers, Crossroads Gallery, Richmond 2009-present
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, San Antonio, Texas

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