Art by TheresE B

Landscapes of the Inner Soul
TheresE Black

Unique, eclectic, original, fine

I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona where I learned oil painting while very young. My art creation and education continued until college where I earned a BS in Physics and published superconductor research. After many years performing technical work, I was inspired through meditation to return to art.


These highly stylized colored pencil and ink pieces are inspired by world peace, healing, Buddhism, meditation, shamanism, prophecy, nature, and myth. Some pieces are inspired by Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey involving adventure, revelation, victory, and a transformation in the hero or heroine.


My art ties many ideas together to tell stories and inspire recognition of one’s own healing abilities or hero’s journey.

I love using inspiration and my own experiences to create something unique. I hope my art will bring forth your own memories of beauty, joy, and happiness and all the times you have overcome and succeeded.


The Gallery in Williams

145 Historic Route 66

Williams, Arizona, USA

928.635.3006

The Village Gallery of Local Artists

Village of Oak Creek, Arizona, USA

Highway 179 at the Cortez roundabout

928.284.1416


Yesterday Fine Art

509 Main Street

Jerome, Arizona, USA

928.649.0889

Galleries

About TheresE Black

I am originally from Phoenix where I learned oil painting while very young. My art creation and education continued until college where I earned a BS in Physics and published superconductor research. After many years performing technical work, I was inspired through meditation to return to art.


I create highly stylized colored pencil and ink pieces inspired by world peace, healing, Buddhism, meditation, shamanism, prophecy, nature, and myth. Some pieces are inspired by Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey involving adventure, revelation, victory, and a transformation in the hero or heroine. My art ties many ideas together to tell stories and inspire recognition of the wonder and joy of your own life's journey.


I also create decorative, fine art using cloisonne style mixed with other techniques.


I love using inspiration and my own experiences to create something unique. I hope my art will bring forth your own memories of beauty, joy, and happiness and all the times you have overcome and succeeded.


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Galleries / Memberships

Art35degreesN

Elevating art on the Colorado Plateau
Flagstaff, Arizona


American Women Artists

Associate Member


Sedona Visual Artists Coalition (SVAC)

Sedona, Arizona


Art-O-Mat Artist in Cellophane

Nationwide

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A Few of my Art Collectors


M. Seibold, Arizona

J. Yeagley, Nevada

J. O'Hara, Arizona

C. Chapman, Arizona

P. Klucina, Florida

D. Lee, Asia

K. Black, Arizona

M. Thomas, Kentucky

A. Coy, Texas

J. Alefosio, California

S. Aziz, Phillipines

P. Ridgeway, Arizona

Marcella Black, Arizona

P. Marray, UK

Who Is TheresE Black?


I am an artist.

I am a story-teller.


Most people wonder where I get my artistic inspiration. How do I create the designs for my art? Where does it come from?


Let me tell you a story...


When I was in the fourth grade, the school library had a book drive. My best friend Andrea and I went around the neighborhood with a little red wagon collecting books. In the process we met Ray Carlson. Mr. Carlson was retired when we met him. Prior to that, he had been the editor of the Arizona Highways magazine. He took the magazine from a black and white road-work list to a nationally famous full-color magazine. Mr. Carlson met our parents and we were allowed to get off the school bus at his house. He fed us ice cream, showed us old Arizona Highways magazines, and showed us his parrots. Best of all, Ray let us play with the stuff in his house!


Ray Carlson lived in a multi-level, Chinese paper style house filled with gem encrusted treasure chests, Chinese art, and all sorts of stuff to enliven the imagination. We were allowed to play with jewel encrusted swords, and go all over the whole house. His house was the perfect place for two kids who fantasized about princesses and dragons. Outside the front door, there was also a very large stone Buddha with a jewel in its navel.


We went all over Ray’s house while playing. His house was a fantasy land. We also played cards with Mr. Carlson and looked at magazines. He told us stories about the desert flora and fauna while showing us pictures from the Arizona Highways magazines. This went on for a few years. One day, he said he was going to show us something we had never seen before!


What could that possible be? We had seen the entire house. We opened every chest. We looked in every nook and cranny. We looked at all the books and art and searched bookcases for hidden doorways. What else could there be?


Mr. Carlson raised the bird cages up out of the kitchen. Then, he removed the wall! There was a doorway to a hidden room. We went down a few steps to a large room we had never seen. There were rows of shelves and more shelves against the walls. All the shelves were filled with stuff. Mr. Carlson said we could both pick out one item from this room. There was one exception. He pointed at a wall and said we could not pick out anything from this wall. This wall contained valuable items.


Andrea and I looked at all the other shelves and both picked out the Paisley Cats. There were two cats and we both wanted them. Ray settled the issue by giving us both one cat and letting us both pick another item. “Pick one and do not pick the same one”. We looked again. Andrea picked out a vase. The vase had what looked like noodles on the outside! I wondered why she picked that. Mr. Carlson handed her the vase and told her that her choice said she has great depth of character and was capable of seeing beauty where others might not. He went on in this way for a few minutes. When he was finished, I was convinced that vase was the most precious item in the whole world.


I looked and looked for a long time before choosing some bright blue dishes. The color was fantastic. Ray told me that my choice showed that I had a very bright personality - just as bright as the colors on the dishes. He went on like that for a few minutes and finished by telling me to make sure I kept those dishes until I knew the real value of them. DO NOT sell them or give them away!


At least five years went by before I discovered they were original DeGrazias. Andrea’s vase was ancient Chinese. I am convinced the shelves we could not choose from had no value. I remember seeing pots and pans.


The bright colors, jeweled Buddha, and Mr. Carlson’s comments became part of my art. I read the Dalai Lama’s autobiography at about this same time period and decided the "middle way" made sense. 

Shows, Events, and Other Stuff

My art has been in juried shows all over the United States. Articles about my art have been published numerous times including cover stories. People from all over the world buy my art.


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