So much of my work stems from Rothko and the Color Field artists. The use of color to evoke primordial emotions, cannot be denied when you stand in front of a Rothko. I remember seeing my first Rothko at SFMOMA. Quintessential joy. This is what a painting or a poem should do, remind us of what it is to be human, to feel and experience life deep inside. As homage, I have included a quote by Anais Nin, “I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”

- Teresa Dirks

Pulled by the Stars

Acrylic, pastel, pencil, graphite on stretched canvas

Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

20" h x 16" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.



Teresa Dirks
Weatherby Lake, Missouri

Getting to Know Teresa

Teresa Dirk’s artistic voice is profoundly influenced by her upbringing in the rustic American south. Seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, served as creative role models throughout her childhood that cultivated her love of nature, growth, and creativity. She works in mixed media to create abstracts that channel the energy of her past. Her paintings are deeply personal and carry precise meanings and particular stories to them. The whimsical lines and playful color choices lend themselves to a childlike quality that charms with nostalgia. Though each of her paintings reflect her personal surroundings and history, she delves into complex conceptual topics, such as urban decay and nature’s fundamental connections. She has a passion for the process, and views it as propagating the brilliant and expressive energy she has witnessed throughout her life.