Tessa often strives to find beauty in the every day, and then reflects upon it through her painting. Tessa moved to Kalamazoo from Saginaw, MI three years ago, and has found the Kalamazoo Community to be especially appreciative and excited about the arts. As she works toward her completion of an Art Education degree, she finds that her practice allows her to stay in-tune with her desires as an artist and an educator. She uses acrylic and oil to paint but also enjoys working in other mediums. She finds that the different expressions require different mediums and that currently, painting is serving her well.