Theresa was the founder of Eco-Art Therapy. Theresa was a self-taught artist. Born in Rochester, New York, she took to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon. Throughout her childhood, Theresa developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors. She spent many happy hours playing in the field behind her house and down by the pond at the end of her street. Catching frogs, making daisy chains, and camping under the stars, her “home” was the natural world. Years of artistic expression and enjoying Nature made it clear that her life would be centered upon her passions. In 2002, she earned her Ph.D. In Applied Ecopsychology from Akamai University, Hawaii, and the Doctor of Education from San Juan de la Cruz in Costa Rica.
Theresa was on a mission to help reconnect people and businesses with the restorative, healing powers of the Earth. Her Eco-Art Therapy courses teach that people are part of Nature and shows that many of our problems are the result of our having separated ourselves from its intelligent ways. Through her work Theresa helps us learn to listen to the songs of the Earth and then apply those messages to our everyday lives. Her unique approach, combining art and nature in fun, experiential activities helps promote self-discovery and well-being. Like nature, pictures facilitate the surfacing of a chain of subconscious emotions and memories. It is often easier for people to connect with their deeply underlying, internally hidden beliefs through the art or nature experience than it is through verbal discussion alone.
Project NatureConnect is committed to continuing Theressa’s work. Her presence will be missed, but her spirit continues to live in each of us and in the Eco-Art Therapy work she gifted to humanity.