Teresa Onoda


About the artist

Teresa Onoda is an award-winning plein-aire artist who specializes in impressionistic oil paintings of Napa and Sonoma vineyards and Northern California landscapes.

Teresa’s aggressive brush strokes and bolder-than-life colors have caught the eye of many established art-collectors frequenting galleries in San Francisco, Carmel, Sausalito, and West Des Moines, Iowa.

After earning a Fine Arts degree at Creighton University, then teaching art in Omaha, Houston, Memphis, Bloomfield Hills and the Bay Area, Teresa studied plein-aire painting with well-known artist Pam Glover. In just a few years, Teresa’s work began to gain attention for its powerful painting technique and use of pure color. Many began to appreciate the sense of movement and life she imbued in the landscapes captured on canvas.

Most of Teresa’s work captures the “endangered landscapes” of Northern California, the beautiful rural areas rapidly being developed to provide housing for the state’s burgeoning population. As farms, forests, and meadows of wild flowers are replaced with construction, Teresa is one of a small band of plein-aire painters trying to put on canvas the beauty that, ironically, attracts so many to live in one of the most attractive regions in the world.

Teresa has her roots in a group that painted in the Bay area in the early 1900’s called “The Society of Six.” Several members of the Society of Six passed on their craft to young local painters, including Pam Glover, who painted with one of the group’s founders, Louis Siegrist. She also painted with Siegrist’s son, Lundy, who followed in his father’s artistic footsteps. Mrs. Glover, in turn, has taught plein-aire techniques to many accomplished artists, including Teresa Onoda, who teaches outdoor painting herself. Given the strong hold of the arts in California, and the striking natural coastline and mountains, this generation-spanning school of painting is certain to continue.