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Therese Bushen

There just aren't enough hours in the day to create all the art that I can see in my mind’s eye, says Southern California native Therese.I enjoy all kinds of subject matter; botanicals, animals, people, landscapes, still-life, and images from my dreams and imagination. Nature is a never-ending and awe-inspiring source of inspiration, and I love faces, especially eyes. It's always a thrill to finish a portrait, and hear you’ve really caught him/her it’s something in the eyes! I love working in many different mediums, but it’s hard to beat the precision that you can achieve with a graphite or colored pencil. It’s also easy, clean, portable, and non-toxic, and in today’s busy world, anything that makes it easier to be creative is definitely a plus! I believe that creativity is a natural and very important part of the human psyche, and if it is not nurtured, is a force that can potentially turn destructive. I feel creativity can be developed, and the more you exercise that part of the mind, the stronger it becomes.Hundreds of students in my classes have begun by thinking they couldn't draw a straight line then completely surprised themselves with the quality of the art that they can create given the proper nurturing, and a bit of practice. It is always a pleasure to help people discover that they are indeed artists!Therese has been doing artwork all her life, is basically self-taught, and has been teaching art to people of all ages for many years. She specializes in teaching people to draw by accessing the right side of the brain in her class, “Anyone can learn to draw”. She also teaches intermediate drawing, colored pencil, watercolor, watercolor pencil, acrylic painting, colored markers, color theory, drawing the head and face, collage, hand building with polymer clay, as well as a variety of mixed media and other art/craft workshops and techniques. She has an extensive background in ceramics, and has had experience teaching ceramic sculpture, hand building, pottery, and raku fired ceramics. 

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