Teresa Mihalko Harbert
I consider myself a “latent artist”, having discovered my artistic passion far along this path called life. It’s hard to describe the terror I felt as an elementary school child when the teacher asked for a drawing to go along with our assigned stories. The writing came easily to me…and straight lines and simple forms I could handle, but if the illustration called for anything more than the sun and a tree, I was sunk.
Later as a college student, I experimented with art forms such as quilting and cross-stitch. Notice the recurring theme of straight lines and simple forms? Around this time I learned about some fabulously decorated eggs called pysanky and I recognized the culture and heritage my Ukrainian grandmother had tried to pass on to the uninterested teenager I was years ago. With a mail-order kit of wax and dyes I began the slow process of teaching myself to make these eggs.
Marriage and family interrupted my art endeavors but now as life begins to slow down again, those straight lines and simple forms call me with their elegant rhythms. And once again I can indulge my passion for this ancient art called pysanky. In 1995 I debuted as an egg artist in the Sacramento area.