When Teresa, who makes Hispanic spiritual images, moved to El Rito, her friends started calling her "Teresa del Rito", in the way of the old Northern New Mexico tradition. Unlike many of the tradtional Hispanic artists of today, she actually uses materials "found nearly at my door step" just as the old Santeros were forced to do in the days when materials of any kind were very scarce. The result is an authentic feeling of the old folk art of northern New Mexico just as we see it collected in the museums of the area today. Teresa has been a student of cultural anthropology for 30 years. Mythology and Jungian archetypes influence her work. She has Teresa studied at the University of California, Berkeley, at the State University, Fresno, and at the University of Idaho. She shows in numerous galleries throughout the United States and has participated in countless shows and exhibitions.
From early childhood it was obvious that my son, Lorenz, was gifted with outstanding dexterity. He also showed signs of being artistically creative. These combined talents prompted me to engage him in helping me with my work. Sometime in his thirteenth year Robert Redfords Sundance catalogue placed a large Christmas Ornament order with me. I decided to ask Lorenz to partner the order with me, Lorenz to do half the work and also to receive half the money. This was really the beginning of our now mutually beneficial, official partnership, in the company we call Teresa del Rito, artistically collaborated by Teresa and Lorenz.