Maria Teresa Garcia as a lover of artisanal and graphic arts I have always had a passion for the artistic process. As much as I like to conceptualize new projects and ideas in my work, the execution and the evolution it brings is what I enjoy most. I went to a Visual and Performing Arts high school in Florida and studied drawing, painting and sculpture. In this seminal stage, I worked to find my voice and figure out where I fit in the visual profession. I excelled in figure drawing, classic ceramics and watercolor painting. When applying for art college I had an instinct that what I enjoyed in the visual arts was perhaps less intellectual or based in my personal convictions but more on what I enjoyed creating and making look ideal to me. I attended Ringling College of Art and Design, (Sarasota, Florida) majored in Graphic Design and minored in Printmaking. After I graduated in 2007, I worked for various graphic design companies and print shops for about four years. Although I enjoyed my work, I was overwhelmed with the strict deadlines, the long hours at the office and the pressure to produce, produce, and produce! I decided to quit and rethink what role my creative energy would play in my life; I wanted to be more balanced. I started to nanny to support myself and explore an area of interest I had always taken for granted; I had a love for and ease with children. The flexible schedule allowed me to work on my own personal projects of sewing and print design. I also found that I genuinely enjoyed working with children and excelled at it. I wanted to transition into teaching children the visual arts. However, rather than jumping into school and debt again I resolved to try it and test my skills. Teaching two sessions of sewing classes at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center this summer will be the beginning of a calling I believe I can truly be fulfilled in.