Teresa Thomas lives in Smithers, BC Canada. The last two decades have found her assisting in the operation of placer mining in remote northern areas during the summer months then enjoying the warmth of Kailua-Kona during the winter where the sub-tropical climate of the big island is ideally suited for her love of an outdoor lifestyle. Her time there is filled with hiking, cycling adventures, beach-side yoga routines ad oil painting workshops. ” I have wanted to paint since early childhood but had no idea where to start” With Kayton’s patient instruction and support from fellow students the completion of her first painting – a realistic portrait of a family member – produced an overwhelming amount of emotions as the subject’s personality emerged with so many memories, pulling the past into the present. Teresa’s passion is portraiture and can be contacted regarding commissions.