possums  mugTeresa's innate passion for art was influenced by her father, the well- respected artist Hong-Zhang Dong. From the age of five, taught her both calligraphy and traditional Chinese art. During the Cultural Revolution in China all academic studies were terminated, so Teresa's dreams of a formal art education were shattered. She continued to study with her father as well as privately under one of China's foremost masters, Zhong-Zhou Cheng, who was a professor of architecture at Tong Ji University in Shanghai. Later on, using her attic as her studio, Teresa studied western drawing extensively. In 1980, the U.S. Consul General in Shanghai was so impressed with the Chinese painting that Teresa presented, that he granted her a student visa to the United States.
In order to establish financial independence once she was living in the U.S. As a self taught fashion designer, Teresa formed her own company and developed a revolutionary washable silk product for her first collection of women's sports wear under the Usagi label; The collection was well received, and within ten years it was being sold by over one thousand boutiques and major stores nationwide. Commercial success was rewarding, but not satisfying for Teresa; she retired from the fashion industry in 1996 to pursue her painting
Living in California provided her with a rich landscape for her plein-air oil paintings which invites the observer to see a subject portrayed forever at a particular moment in time. Teresa's use color in her work is sensitive, and her interpretation of life's details and nature is evocative.
Teresa's work has been shown throughout the United States and she has been recognized with many awards. Her works reside in collections internationally.

Professional Affiliations

Member of Oil Painters of America

Member of California Art Club

Exhibits and Awards


Group Show, College of Marin Art Gallery.
Marin Scapes invitational Show
OPA Western Region Juried Exhibition, Lee Youngman Gallery. Calistoga, CA
Solo exhibition, Painters Place, Kentfield, CA.
Chinese Art Association. Group Show, Invitational. Shanghai, China


Art houses of Marin, invitational exhibit
Group show, Lee Youngman Gallery.
Marin Scapes invitational show


Post Artist, Marin Scapes invitational show
Group Show,Lee Youngman Gallery.
Califonia Art Club Group Show, Thomas Reynolds Gallery.


Solo show, Thompson Dorfman.
Point Reyes Plein Air, invitational show, William Lester Gallery.
OPA Western Region Juried Exhibition, Davin Galleries, Coeur D' Alene
Marin Scapes invitational show


Solo Exhibition, William Lester Gallery.
Carmel Art Festival, juried show.
Point Reyes Plein Air, Invitational show, William Lester Gallery.
"Save The Russian River, Special Guest Artist for Baywood Artists
Sonoma Plein Air, juried show.


Plein Air Painting, juried show, San Luis Obispo.
Award of excellence, OPA Western Regional juried exhibition,
Lee Youngman Gallery.
Marin Scapes, Invitational Show.
Beautiful Marin Two Person show, Sausalito Art Collection Gallery.
National Parks Juried exhibition, California Art Club.
3rd place, Petaluma Plein Air, group show.
Group Show, North America Chinese Art Association, Milbrae.


Solo Exhibition, William Lester Gallery
Marin Scapes, Invitational show.
Special Garden Juried Show California Art Club.
National Art Exhibition, juried show, Barnsite Gallery, Kewaunee.
Solo Exhibition, invitational show, Mill Valley Community Center.
Carmel Art Festival, juried show.


OPA Western Region, Juried Show, Lawrence Gallery, Portland.
Sonoma Plein Air, juried show.
Marin Scapes invitational Show.
Point Reys Plein Air, invitational Show, William Lester Gallery..
1st place award, Mill Valley Paint-Off.
Marin Agricultural land Trust, invitational Show, William Lester Gallery.
Artist Abroad Group show, William Lester Gallery.


"California Landscapes", Juried exhibition, Artisans Gallery.
Celebrate The Cosmos-100th anniversary of the Mt Wilson Observatory,
Plein Air l Show. California Art Club.
Figures group show, William Lester gallery. Marin Scapes, invitational show.
Artist's Choice Award, Point Reyes Plein Air, William Lester Gallery.
Still Life Exhibition, William Lester Gallery.
Floral In landscapes Exhibition, Willaiam lester Gallery.
2nd place, Elk Creek Plein Air, invitational show.
"The Urban Landscape", group show, William Lester Gallery.
Angel Island Paint out show, California Art Club.
The Group 2nd Annual Show, San Francisco.


4th Anniversary Celebration Group Show, Water Dragon Gallery.
Sausalito Memories Juried Exhibition, Sausalito City Hall.
"Marin Open Space", group show, William Lester Gallery