Tesa is known as “The Semi Precious Stone Artist” because she incorporates a multitude of varieties of semi precious and precious stones such as diamonds and rubies into her paintings. She integrates fine art with elements of the earth that she gets from all around the world.
As a mixed media artist, it is more than adding objects to a canvas. Tesa uses her own unique process of combining her intuition, artistic creativity and imagination to then seamlessly incorporate the semi precious stones with the painting itself. In doing this she adds such depth, texture, dimension and character to her paintings that they showcase an opulence of their own.
This is a process that is a natural expression of not only the stones themselves but for her as a fine artist, creating the end result of a unique, one of a kind painting that will move you and touch you on all levels.
Tesa’s works are at a grand intersection between dream, reality, and the ancient bounty of the earth. The semi-precious stones she uses speak to her in a very real way, and her painting manifests around them to create a seamless experience that is both realistic and fantasy.
This fine art is alive and ancient, and waiting to move and heal your spirit in ways that you have never experienced.
My mom introduced me to semi precious stones, and was the first one to encourage me to incorporate them into my art. She creates jewelry and began teaching me the stones and taking me to the gem, jewelry and mineral shows.
I created my first painting with one piece of agate and now use hundreds of specimens in my paintings.
My mom is now my partner in collecting the stones that I use in my paintings. We have been fortunate to work with many collectors and vendors from all around the world sourcing my stones that I use in my work. We meet them at the large gem and mineral shows throughout the country.
We have also mined and do enjoy finding them ourselves, but I’d rather paint and need so many that I have found to leave that mostly to the professional collectors. It is a wonderful partnership! I’ve been so fortunate to meet some amazing people among the gem and mineral communities.
This is what makes my work so unique and special. There is so much wonderful energy behind each piece from the people and stones themselves.
I want people to be able to experience my paintings at a much more profound level. Instead of standing behind a velvet rope, admiring from a distance, I want people to be able to touch and experience my works. I want them to feel the energy that pulsates from the semi-precious stones and to be able to escape and heal without ever leaving the comfort of their own home.
I hope you will feel all the profound energy of my art, and bring the beauty of nature into your home.
I hope you will be able to feel all the love, passion and creativity that is in them.
Memberships and Organizations
Mixed Media Artist International Member
Society of Mixed Media Artists SoMMA
Raw; Natural Born Artist Member, San Diego, CA
The Art Association of Greeley; 2006-2009
Board Member for the National Art Exhibition in Greeley; 2006-2008
Member of the Emerging Artists Leaders of Colorado; 2006-2008
America for the Arts
Awards and Highlights
Featured Artist in Annual Show, Exposures International Fine Art Gallery, 2018
Featured Artist for Mission Federal Art Walk, 2018
Directors Highlights Nominee for Raw; Natural Born Artists, San Diego, CA 2013
Spirit of Woman Award; Spirit of Woman Art Show, Greeley, CO 2009
Colorado Institute of Art Traveling Art Show Select Artist, Denver, CO 1998
Best Corporate Identification Award, Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, CO 1998
Reviews and Interviews
Fox 5 San Diego, April 2018
KUSI San Diego, April 2018
Times of San Diego, April 2018
SD Entertainer, April 2018
There San Diego, February 2018
The Uncloseted Professor with Nitara Osborn Interview: Transform info the Authentic You, 2017
Creative Expression – Where Crystals and Art Merge Interview with Lori Andrus, 2017
Fort Morgan Times, 2008
Greeley Tribune, January 2007
Western Art and Architecture Magazine, 2018
Sedona Art Source, 2018
San Diego Voyager Magazine, 2018
Arizona Wine Magazine, 2018
Essential Sedona Magazine, 2018
Luxury Hotel Properties Guide, 2018
Modern Luxury Magazine, Orange County, November 2017
Where Art Lives, April 2017
San Diego Jewish Journal, June 2015
Pacific Magazine, May 2015
Colorado Online Magazine, February, 2007
Art Related Positions
Teaching Various Art Classes: The Showcase Art Center and Aims Community College, Greeley CO 2008-09
Art Director J. Walter Thompson Denver, CO 2001-03
Art and Marketing Director Heritage Health Products Fort Collins, CO 1999-2001
Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Graphic Design The Colorado Institute of Art Denver, CO 1998
Painted Under the Mentorship of Clifford T. Bailey, Greeley CO 2007-08
Adelman Fine Art Gallery, San Diego CA 2017
Hillcrest Reality, San Diego, CA 2013
Horizon Chiropractic, Thornton, CO 2007
Weld Library, Centennial Branch, Greeley, CO 2007
Textures, Greeley, CO 2007
Life Source One, Greeley, CO 2006
Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art – Featured Artist Show, Sedona 2018
Mission Federal Art Walk Little Italy- Featured Artist, San Diego, CA 2018
NTC Art Walk, San Diego, CA 2017
Little Italy Art Walk Adelman Fine Art, San Diego CA 2017
ASID Show Orange County, Irvine CA 2017
Adelman Fine Art Group Shows, San Diego CA 2015-2018
Front Porch Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition, Carlsbad, CA 2016
Little Italy Art Walk Adelman Fine Art, San Diego CA 2016
Art SD Complementary Show, San Diego CA 2015
Adelman Fine Art Trunk Show, San Diego, CA 2014
Creare Gallery; Palm Desert, CA 2014
Kaleidoscope Raw Artist Show, San Diego, CA 2013
Liberty Nights, San Diego, CA 2013-2014
Spirit of Woman Art Show, Greeley, CO 2009
Grape Escape Alumni Art Exhibit, The Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO 2007
National Greeley Art Exhibition, Greeley, CO 2007
Call from the Heart Art Show, Greeley, CO 2007
Holly Days, The Showcase, Greeley, CO 2006
Fort Morgan Christmas Bazaar, Fort Morgan, CO 2006
Traveling Art Show; The Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO 1996-1998
A.A.U.W. National Art Show, Greeley, CO 1996