Profile - Teresa A. Bennett

Teresa Bennett was born in Aberdeen in the 60's, but now lives and enjoys her experience as an artist from her home close to the rural village of Edzell in Angus, North East of Scotland.  Teresa also displays her work  from her mothers  "Bothy Shed" in the historic fishing village of Fittie in Aberdeen, where her mother's family originate. From an early age, Teresa has always had a keen interest in art, but her career path did not take her in that direction to begin with, due to peer pressures and that loving term "Get yourself a proper job".

Realizing in 1993 that working in the offshore industry was not the route for her, she experienced living in the South of France for a few years.  While there she was able to experience the joy of living in such a wonderful country. She scraped barnacles off sailing boats, sold painted ceramics and started painting.  During her time in France she was able to visit numerous beautiful places.  Marseille, Lyon, Avignon, Sarlat, Carcassonne, Port Vendre, Banyuls and Collioure being just a few of the many sights that inspired her.  Living near Perpignan in the South enabled Teresa also to visit Spain and the beautiful City of Barcelona, Figueres and Cadaques. Whilst there she studied at the University of Perpignan for 4 months to brush up on her french with students from around the world which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Commitments brought her home to the UK in 1995 where she did 'temping' work for various Oil Service Companies then decided to embark to train as a Care Assistant for the Scottish Ambulance Service in Aberdeen.  After losing her dad in 1996, she decided to finally study a HNC in Fine Art at Aberdeen College from 1997-1998 which thereafter lead to an 'Art Degree' at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, where she studied from 1998-2000. Becoming a full time mother in the year 2000 with the birth of her daughter and thereafter her son put her art study on hold and she was not able to complete her degree.

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Teresa has always had a passion in her heart for painting and believes that there is a time and place for everything.

Artist Statement

"I do not feel that I have reached the potential of my painting but feel that due to my children being that much older I have a great opportunity now to commit more of my time into this passion which I have had since I was a child.

There will always be challenges in life to face however when there is a will there is a way. At the end of the day its the pleasure in what we do that makes it special.  Everything in life is an experience and we can only but take one day at a time and enjoy them."