Theresa Disney is a world renowned Folk Artist from St Louis. As a self-proclaimed "visual storyteller," Disney gives voice to her imagination through color, form, and any medium she can get her hands on. Rising early and working until exhaustion sets in, she goes to bed thankful and wakes up grateful to be able to create.
Art was in her blood: Her father was an architecture professor at Wash. U.; her mother, a photographer; two grandparents also artists. “They have pictures of me in my diapers painting,” she says. Ah, sure, with finger paint. “Nope. A brush.”
When Art Institute of Chicago alums gushed, “You’re so creative!” she retorted, “Isn’t everybody?” She had a scholarship to the institute after high school, but she never made it there.
“This is just me. I’m not a Washington University grad; I don’t have a degree. But I went to Atlanta, to the Folk Fest, and thought, ‘Oh my gosh! These are my people!’”
She is well known for her humorous take on art history. Those familiar with her work see her fresh sense of humor coupled with a sometimes irreverent take on a wide variety of subject matter. From saints to sinners, friendship and love, cats, dogs, birds, and sheep, Theresa's playful spirit is evident. It is her devotion to creating art that has sustained her through the personal struggles of abuse, fires, cancer, and raising two sons.