Teresa recalls the magic of childhood and yesterday in her finely detailed oil paintings. She combines familiar yet surprising elements in varied combinations to tell a playful visual story. She sets the stage, adjusts the lighting, and creates the shadows that add to the drama. She rekindles that childlike feeling while she plans out compositions. She takes the nostalgic object and gives it a moment in the spot light. She is influenced by such masters as John Singer Sargent, Edmund Tarbell, Ingres, Alma-Tadema, Robert Vickrey, and Kit Williams.