About

Hello!  Thanks so much for checking out Where’s My Paintbrush!  I am an artist and marketer living in Austin, Texas with my daughter G and my dog GG.  I studied oil painting under Michael Schliefke and have been a high-tech marketer for 25 years.

In 2016, I took a 2.5-year break from painting and blogging to care for ailing parents and to travel through the grief process after their passing. In 2018, I added a 6-month break from full-time work to rest and renew. I’m back from this self-imposted sabbatical, ready to once again create and write about the process.

In 2010, I discovered a book that is essential reading for any person seeking to recover their creativity, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.  I had always been fascinated by art, particular oil paintings, and decided to move beyond admiring art to actually giving it a try.  Michael, one of Austin’s (now Kansas City’s) most gifted artists, taught me so much that I felt compelled to share this experience broadly in the hopes of inspiring you. I look forward to sharing new work, progress, learnings, and thoughts on this creative process with you!

I also love my day profession – marketing – and just joined a new company, FalconStor, a scrappy software company in the storage and data management space, where I’m responsible for the full marketing mix. I am fascinated by taking something really great and making it superb. This requires nurturing ideas, seeking input, and maintaining the tenacity to lead change.  I want to share my marketing processes with you so that I may inspire you to challenge the status quo and drive excellence in your marketing role.

My “paintbrush” will sometimes be in the studio, sometimes it will want to focus on what’s happening in the office, and sometimes it will be elsewhere – taking a stab at home design projects, visiting a museum to learn from others, or taking a break to travel and enjoy different places and experiences.  This blog is dedicated to the creative process and all it entails, no matter how that might manifest itself.

I appreciate feedback so feel free to comment as much as you’d like….just keep it positive and constructive, please!  I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it!

Warmly, T

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  1. Wow! Surprised and not surprised–you always had a much deeper appreciation of design and metaphor than most “people in marketing.” Terrific work! FYI, my mother was an accomplished painter who followed a very similar path to the one you’re on, finding passion, style and an unfiltered voice that gave her work power. She went from studying Impressionism to developing her own non-objective style over the years–at one point making the turn by not doubting what she felt or her right to express it. Very exciting Teresa! Looking forward to seeing where you go.-DE

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    1. David, it is so wonderful to hear from you! And I can’t thank you enough for your kind words of encouragement. You were instrumental in my development as a marketer, particularly of the fearlessness I tend to project when it comes to creative, design, and the emotional connection branding and messaging should incite. I do recall that your mother was a painter; her story is so inspiring! Do you have images of her work that you could share with me? Thank you again for following! Best, T

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