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Born and raised on the Swedish countryside, Terese has always used nature as an inspiration

in her work. She focuses on organic elements, using delicate lines and patterns in her illustrations.

"Lines, textures and colors create patterns that can be brought into a blank page and become our own 

interpretation of what we see. I found this to be especially fascinating in nature, where no two patterns

are alike. The space in between what we see and what we express is an intriguing process". 

Terese has studied Philosophy, Art History, Information Design with focus on Illustration, Graphic Design and Fine Arts in Sweden and in the US. Having learned Art from a broader perspective has given her

valuable insight when developing her own work as well as curricula.

Her teaching style emphasizes the creative process using different artists, mediums and techniques 

as inspiration to uplift creative freedom and encourage self expression. Each student is given the

opportunity to explore, discover, invent and own their work, as art is an excellent arena to push boundaries and expand the way of thinking. 

In 2020 Terese founded edestam ART. Using her own art curricula her educational journey started out offering art classes to small groups of young students in a private capacity. After two prosperous years edestam ART aimed to apply her teaching method to the public community, with the purpose to include more diverse youth. Today edestam ART consults teachers in Artful Learning and provides art classes to about 900 students at three different schools from ages 5-19, including a community school for teens who have not thrived in a traditional school setting. Since 2023 Terese is a committee member of the Napa Valley Arts Council's Sustainability Committee.

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