During my teen years in the ‘60s, I expressed myself by painting my sneakers, pocketbooks, jackets, and other personal items using big brushes wild designs and vivid colors. My friends marveled at my displays and I enjoyed the attention.
As I matured, my time for painting was limited by life’s responsibilities. Although I did find some time for painting personal decorations for my home. I decided to experiment with painting and started with oil on velvet theorems, stenciling and painting porcelain dolls. Family and friends started showing up with items from their homes for me to paint and asking me to teach them. Word of mouth spread and I started to schedule classes to accommodate the people wishing to learn my style of design and painting. My parents opened a small arts and craft store in their home, and I began teaching decorative painting classes there. My father was retired and cut wooden pieces for my sister and I to paint. We began doing art and crafts shows throughout New England. I painted decorative furniture, canvas and just about anything and everything. I thoroughly enjoyed this and began to win many Best of Show awards and First Place awards. I began doing more and more shows with the help and encouragement from my sister, father and family. I continued teaching what I knew to others. For several years I did this while raising my family and still maintaining my job as a nursing staff coordinator at a local hospital. After retiring I returned to my love of Folk Art and started painting full time.
When Bob Ross came to a near by town, I took the “Joy of Painting” certification course. I finished the course taught by Bob, and have been a certified Bob Ross instructor since 1985. In the early years Bob Ross personally taught the three level three year certification classes for his instructors. Although I no longer paint this style, it was a “JOY” to learn and has added to my knowledge of painting. I am still listed in his monthly magazine as an instructor.
I began selling my paintings on eBay in 2000 and it has been a most phenomenal experience!
My original paintings have become increasingly evident of my own distinctive style and techniques. The subjects, locations and activities are guided purely by my faith, family, New England upbringing and my travels through our great country. I enjoy traveling through the Pennsylvania Amish country and often paint scenes of the Amish way of life. I paint with a smile in my heart, and try to capture the feelings and experiences of my life in my paintings. In my mind I travel to the fantasy world I am painting. Whether it is a turn of the century American village or the whimsical spooky Halloween I imagined I saw as a child.
My art tells a story that people of all ages can enjoy! Well known for my original paintings in classical, primitive and folk art designs, my art lives around the world. My artwork weaves an intricate tale like an old storyteller. It captures your attention, imagination and your heart. I enjoy painting America of yesteryear. My work is collected, treasured and enjoyed throughout the world., and has been collected by numerous folk art collectors, celebrated public figures and celebrities. My paintings hang in galleries, antique shops, historic houses, restaurants, office buildings. It is collected by other prominent folk artists and their families, It can be found in the homes of many eBay friends around the world including the homes of the rich and famous.
I thank the many who have viewed my work, sent me e-mails and encouraged me. I hope you will continue to enjoy viewing and owning my work as much as I enjoy painting it for you.
Visit my website NewEnglandFolkArtist.com
Theresa B. Prokop
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