Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.
What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Teri Stratford, the artist behind our vibrant new botanical prints, A Visual Poem, Twilight, and Firefly Festival Fireworks.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I always knew I was an artist so there never was a “when.”
What’s been the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist?
The sheer joy of doing something that just makes me giggle with delight on a regular basis. Seeing people’s delightful reaction to my work and what miracle happens next!
What does your typical day in the studio look like?
I might research photos online for reference of animals such as horses, turtles, geese, cats, fish in different positions; underwater or mountain landscapes. Go over orders to fill. Do some printing to replenish my inventory. Or, much more fun….go collect leaves in my yard or go for a walk with a backpack to fill up. Or pull interesting leaves from my stash and play with arrangements on my illustration board and see what happens.
Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?
I have a puja in my studio, a place for meditation. The room vibrates with spiritual energy, the source of joy and creativity. I am happy in this room!
Imagine you just showed your work to a kindergartener for the first time. What do you think they would say?
“Wow…. Mom! Look at this? Can I take this home? This is really cool… ” (I actually had this happen with a 7 year old boy!)
What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?
“I am the vibrational energy that creates WORLDS!!! My creativity is endless….”