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About Me

My love for the ocean started when I was a kid. My Aunt Athalie took all 9 of us cousins to the tide pools in La Jolla and Ocean Beach, which were filled with shrimp, crabs, fish, anemone, octopus and more.  I could have visited the tide pools every day forever!  When I moved to Hawaii after high school, it was all about the ocean. I was in it, on it, or under it as often as possible. There is another universe within the ocean.
Like my love for the ocean, my love of art started as a kid; my grandmother painted with me. Creating art has been a constant in my life. I love using acrylic paints for the bright colors and versatility – I can use them like watercolors as well as layer them. My best tool is my ability to see the diversity of color in my subject, even if I sometimes take liberties with it.
When I put the two together, my love of the ocean and my love of art, the results turn into paintings of places I like to immerse myself in – whether on a beach, a beautiful mountain landscape, or swimming with ocean friends. These things bring me peace, and I hope my paintings will do the same for others.
‚ÄčI also like to paint silly things and have decided to share some of them on my website. They are in the folder called 'Human Animals'. I paint animals doing very human activities and I paint them on cardboard for a different look. I hope you like them.
Thanks to my husband, art promoter (and a whole lot more), Frederick, for designing this website.

PS You can contact me by email at, Twitter at @teresaespaniola, in person in Coronado, California. To be notified about my blog posts and when I upload new art,  subscribe to my mailing list here.  You can easily unsubscribe at any time, and we will never share your name or email address!

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