Watercolor artist Teresa Walsh, was one of the first illustrators to depict children of color and children of different abilities in the commercial market. "I believe I was the first to paint a wheelchair bright blue with racing tires!" says Teresa, who started the "Children of the World" line of greeting cards in the 1980s.
In the early days, Teresa says her illustrations weren't always warmly received. "I had companies try to change the drawings-cover up wheelchairs, eliminate canes, even change skin color."
But those days are gone. Her illustrations are now used in schools and offices all over the world. She was selected by UNICEF as one of the United Nation's card and product designers. In addition to UNICEF, she has created products for organizations such as Save The Children, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA and other children's advocacy groups.. She uses real children as her models and has helped bring children with disabilities into the mainstream.
Teresa is also the illustrator of "Games Played Around The World"-For The Early Learning Centre in England, "Kids Celebrate The Alphabet", "The Number Parade", "Lost and Found, Aniu In Alaska", "The Preschooler Bible" (over 500,000 sold to date). "Balloons, Bubbles and Bugs", and "The Preschoolers Story Time Book".
Recently, Teresa teamed up with graphic designer, Miriam Walsh of Walsh Design (Miriam is Teresa's good friend and sister-in-law). Together they've transformed Teresa's art into puzzles, rubber stamps, paper dolls stickers and more. They will be donating a percentage of earnings to a non-profit organization that encourages kids to read.
Teresa works in her home studio with her dog Daisy by her feet. Her cat Tam helps out by adding muddy paw prints to fresh paper.
Look for her "goofy animal art" and" kids being kids" on products soon to be everywhere. Please contact me for licensing information here.