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About the Artist Forerunner Art
Teresa Dittrich A Texan by birth, Teresa and her husband now live on a small farm nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She has pursued artistic interests from earliest childhood. After training in commercial art as a teenager, she went on to study both mathematics and art at Texas Tech University, earning a BS degree graduating with honors. In addition to this training, Dittrich studied at the Scottsdale Artist School with Donald "Putt" Putman and Al Brouillette of Arlington, TX.
Recognized as an accomplished portrait artist since 1990, Teresa has expanded her venue to include paintings with Christian-based themes. This new direction has become her passion, although she still accepts a limited number of portrait commissions.

Teresa's desire to paint Christian truths was motivated by her attempts to answer the question: What is the highest calling of an art form? Her reflection brought her to this conclusion: "Through the ages there have been individuals involved in the fine arts- music, writing, painting, sculpture, etc.- whose works bore the marks of eternity because they ushered others into the very presence of God. For example, upon hearing the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel's "Messiah," the king of England spontaneously rose from his seat and stood in worship. So in my estimation the highest call of any art form is to foster an encounter with God that gives the viewer or listener a fresh revelation of the power, beauty, and glory of God."

An award-winning artist, Teresa's paintings are included in private collections from Virginia to California. She was the second recipient of the coveted $5000 John Stevens Jones Award presented by the Bosque County Conservatory of Fine Arts in 1990. In 1991, she attended the National Portrait Seminar held in Atlanta, GA. Here, she was recognized by distinguished artist/chairman John Howard Sanden of New York and received the Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Portraiture. In 1995, Teresa was the Honor Award Winner at the Portrait Arts Festival in Montgomery, Alabama, which was sponsored by the American Society of Portrait Artists.

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