Teri Leigh Teed
I was born in the South and have always enjoyed creating art. As a child, art came naturally to me through drawing, painting, writing poems and stories, needlework, singing and dance. And living in a state blessed with an abundance of natural beauty instilled in me a love of nature and animals.
After graduating from college and spending almost twenty years working in the corporate arena, I needed a change. Somehow during that time I felt I had lost touch with that creative side of myself. So I sat down and wrote a list of things I enjoyed and what I’d really like to do. I’d always loved history, antiques and art, so I applied to Sotheby’s in London and was accepted.
Moving to London on my own and studying at Sotheby’s for a year, and then remaining another year to obtain a master’s degree in decorative/fine art and historic architecture from the University of Buckingham, helped me to remember my artistic roots. Living and traveling abroad reconnected me to that creative passion, which had long since become an ember.
I’ve always had a fascination with vintage cameras and films, so moving into photographic art and combining this medium with writing seems a natural progression of my career from the corporate world to the art world, in essence a full circle for me.
It is my profound belief that there are many mystical places on our wonderful planet that possess the power to heal, to reconnect to us our right balance physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Sometimes the seemingly ordinary, seen in detail or in a different light, can open us to the possibilities that surround us. We need only to open our hearts and minds, and our eyes will find them.
In my childhood, walking through the coastal marshes of my home state of South Carolina and visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina at the ends of summers brought this serenity to me. Now I call the idyllic mountains of western North Carolina my home, near the lovely town of Sylva. My intent is that these personal stories and artwork will help you find your own inner peace, and bring a remembrance of who you are.
What is “Healing Spirit Art©” ?
While meditating in early 2005, the name for my artwork came into focus: “Healing Spirit Art©”. At the time, I was rediscovering my childhood joy in creating art through writing stories and poetry and driving the back roads of my home state taking photographs, and I was also learning healing arts like Reiki, crystal healing, yoga and dowsing. This name represents and consists of my creative endeavors: fine art photography, stories, poetry and songs, along with onstage musical productions. Since 2005, “Healing Spirit Art©” has been the name of my portfolio of artwork and my website, which blends fine art nature and landscape photography, writing, poetry, and songs with positive, inspirational and life-affirming thoughts and energies.
My original website name, www.healingspiritart.com, is linked to this site, and from the beginning was named “Healing Spirit Art by Teri Leigh Teed – Inspiring stories, poetry, songs and photographic art.”
My “Healing Spirit Art©” logo, seen at the top of each page on this website, features a branch from the mountain laurel, which reflects my love for the mountains of western North Carolina that I call home.
Seasons of the South ©
A passionate advocate of animal welfare, environmental protection, and regenerative agriculture, Teri is the author of “Seasons of the South, the Original Home Grown Musical and Storytelling Show ©” celebrating the natural beauty of the South, and dedicated to raising awareness for regenerative agriculture. The performance honored Earth Day and was an official part of the Earth Day Networks site. Teri has written and performs her original folk/bluegrass/Americana songs celebrating the South, including “What is the South”, “Take Me Back to Carolina”, “Back Where the Rhododendrons Grow”, and the heartwarming tribute to a Civil War family and forgiveness, “Candle for John”.
A graduate of Sotheby’s Institute, London, Teri received her M.A. Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors from the University of Buckingham, England and was employed by HM Queen Elizabeth II. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous juried shows, including the international Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the inaugural Smoky Mountain Sampler, and she is a recipient of Awards of Excellence in Manhattan Arts International juried exhibitions. A Featured Artist in the Manhattan Arts International program www.manhattanarts.com, she is also a contributing writer and featured artist for Healing Power of Art & Artists.
Based in the Nantahala Forest near the town of Sylva in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Teri is a featured artist (photography, literature and music) in the North Carolina Artists Council, and a supporter of #NCArts50.
Teri’s photograph “May Flowers”, part of her “Healing Spirit Art©” portfolio, was juried into the HerStory 2018 Exhibition at Manhattan Arts International. Her photograph “Beginning of Fall” was selected for the New Beginnings 2018 exhibition, also at Manhattan Arts International. Her photograph “Blue Ridge Parkway, Autumn View Waterrock Knob” was selected for the inaugural juried exhibition of the NC Artists Count 2017 “Smoky Mountain Sampler” showcase featuring western North Carolina artists.
Teri’s fine art photography is also featured in numerous publications, including Blue Ridge Parkway Daily, Carolina Living Magazine, Midlands Biz Magazine, Carolina Arts Magazine, Phoenix Voyage Art Portal (visual artists), Rapid River Arts & Culture Magazine, NC Arts Every Day, Smoky Mountain News, Mountain Express, Western North Carolina Times, and SCIWAY.net, the premier online resource for information on South Carolina, where her photograph “Water Color Sunset, Goodale State Park“, has been the featured SC Picture of the Week twice on the home page and several more of her photographs are part of the site’s online repository SC Picture Project. One of her many angel photographs graces the CD “Soundational Meditations” by Sandra Winter.
Teri’s “Healing Spirit Art©” fine art nature photography is also featured in videos, including Manhattan Arts International’s YouTube channel’s “Photographers and Digital Artists”, “New Beginnings” 2018 Exhibition, “HerStory 2018” Exhibition, 10 Artists from the Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Online Art Gallery, and Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Online Art Exhibition 2018 “Anniversary Celebration”. Teri was included as a Healing Artist in the Arts & Healing Network.
Her photo stories are featured on this site, in numerous publications online and in print, including DailyGood.org and Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS, and on Teri’s “Healing Spirit Art” brand Youtube channel. Teri’s poetry is featured in the Camden Poet’s Society 25th Anniversary Collection “What We Keep, Passions of the Heart” (2016) and on Traveler on the Path and Ascension Gateway website. She is a member of the Academy of American Poets.
In the News
Teri Leigh Teed’s fine art photograph “May Flowers”, part of her “Healing Spirit Art©” portfolio, has been selected for an Award of Excellence in Manhattan Arts International’s 18th annual HerStory exhibition, which runs through August 20 online at www.manhattanarts.com. Teed is one of 57 contemporary women artists from around the world chosen for the juried show.
Manhattan Arts International Members Only Online Exhibition – Artist Members Share Their Stories – Teri Leigh Teed’s “Healing Spirit Art©” fine art photograph “Sanctuary” and her story featured in this new exhibition – May 2018
Sylva photographer Teri Leigh Teed gets national recognition – Smoky Mountain News January 31, 2018
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