Teresa Ascone, painter, author, and illustrator, portrays impressions of nature in a distinctive, romanticized style, featuring Alaska's flowers, animals, and landscapes. Her work has appeared on magazine covers and is part of permanent collections at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and Alaska Pacific University. Her original paintings have been sent to Korea, England, and Russia as official gifts from the Municipality of Anchorage Sister Cities Commission. An award-winning PBS-produced video, Landscapes of the Imagination-The Art of Teresa Ascone, honored her in 1988.
Teaching watercolor has been a passion for more than 35 years, which led to her two books, We’re All Artists: Watercolor for Everyone and Painting Pleasure: Adventures in Watercolor. The Ultimate Palette, for which she holds a design patent, was created to augment her teaching style. Teresa created UAA’s Ultimate Watercolor Academy, a series of step-by-step, technique-based classes that created an atmosphere of safety and enjoyment for adult students. Its success resulted in her nomination for the UAA 2000 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Since 2011, her teaching has taken her to many foreign ports as she teaches watercolor on cruise ships. Her tutorials are available at www.etsy.com/shop/AsconeArtTutorials.
The North Slope Borough School District approached Teresa to illustrate Things in the Sky, a textbook portraying various elements of nature as seen in the Arctic. She also designed holiday note cards for the Anchorage Police Department 2001 through 2005. Teresa wrote and illustrated The Berry Fairies of Alaska in 2008. Her second fairy tale, Alaska Berry Fairies ~ Lizzie Scarlet, received the December 2010 Reviewer’s Choice Award at Children’s Bookwatch.
Teresa has ventured into design and licensing her work. In 2017, P & B Textiles signed Teresa to a contract for floral fabric designs, Nature's Garden by Teresa Ascone, which will see release in April, 2018. See www.teresaascone.com for more information.
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“When I began to paint, my perceptions changed and it was as if I saw everything through a lens of creativity ~ how would I paint those mountains, that tree? That fascination and the lure of wielding magic have kept me engaged in the world of art. Yes, magic, because there is something magical about the way a two-dimensional object can be created to attract the viewer into its world. My art continues to evolve as new tools come into play ~ computer programs add more magic to the mix as brush and paint become stylus and pad to create a launching ramp into different realms. These elements and my love of nature will always call to me ~ to admire, to draw and to paint and communicate the wonder.”