January Artist: Teresa Kennedy Sprague


Visit the library this month to view works by Guilford artist Teresa Kennedy Sprague. In addition to her pet portraits, Teresa has recently completed a series of old structures including barns, covered bridges, and lighthouses using pen, ink, and watercolor.

Stop by to see these detailed works in person, and meet Teresa at our Artist Talk on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 pm!

Artist Bio:

My name is Teresa Kennedy Sprague, artist and founder of Posing Pets, my business creating pet portraits in colored pencil.

I grew up on the coast in the beautiful State of Maine. The year before I was married, my mother and I took an art class together.  My mother painted in oils and I learned the art of pen & ink.  I was not privileged to have art as a class in school, so didn’t know much about what I was doing at the time, but really loved being able to create something beautiful  – just one tiny mark at a time. In 1989, I graduated with a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Maine and taught for 5 1/2 years at the  elementary school level while my own art was put “on hold” for a time.  With a desire to get back to creating my own art (while teaching piano on the side), I resigned my art teaching position in order to pursue my own passions.

For one of my art classes in college, I needed to purchase a large box of Prismacolor colored pencils, but only used them for one semester.  One day I decided to get that box out and try my hand at drawing our brittany, “Sherman”.  Well, the rest is history.  I was hooked!!  I began asking all my friends for photographs of their pets in order to practice my art.  I gave away a lot of drawings!  I think it was around the year 2000 that “Posing Pets” was launched and I began a business in selling pet portraits. I have always loved animals and enjoy capturing their personalities in my art.  My pet portraits are done on a commission basis, but I have recently begun a new series and a return to my pen & ink “roots” by drawing old structures such as: barns, sheds, covered bridges, lighthouses, etc. with an added element of watercolor.  I enjoy doing detail work and this new series is perfect for that!

My pen & ink works are available for sale and may be viewed on my website: posingpets.net You may contact me through my website or email: artist@posingpets.net

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