Teresa’s passion for art was influenced by her father Hong-Zhang Dong. At the age of five, he taught her both calligraphy and traditional Chinese art. She continued to study under Professor Zhong-Zhou Chen from Tong Ji University in Shanghai.
In 1980, the U.S. consul General in Shanghai was so impressed with one of her Chinese paintings, that he granted her a visa to study western art in the United States.
Once in the U.S. in order to achieve financial independence, Teresa developed a revolutionary washable silk product for her first collection of women’s apparel under the label “Usagi”.
Living in California provided her with a rich landscape for her plein-air oil paintings which invites the observer to see a subject portrayed forever at a particular moment in time. Teresa’s use of color in her work is sensitive, and her interpretation of life’s details and nature is evocative.
Teresa studied at the Hong Kong University, The Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She also, studied with Professor Boris Kokhno from the St. Petersburg Art Academy. She is a member of California Art Club and Oil Painters of America.
Teresa’s work has seen shown throughout the United States and she has been rewarded with many awards. Her art resides in collections internationally.
Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
With: Zhong-Zhang Dong, Shanghai, China
With: Zhong-Zhou Cheng, Professor of Architecture, Tong Ji University, Shanghai, China
The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
With: Boris Kokhno, Professor of Art, State Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia
With: Alexdra Zimin, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Member of Oil Painters of America
Member of California Art Club