Teri Harriet Bennett is a freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Artist and Project Manager currently living in Los Angeles CA, hailing from the tiny metropolis of Luck, WI. She earned a BFA in Functional Art from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and an Associates Degree in Graphic Design & Illustration from The Academy of Communication Arts in Minneapolis.
Shortly after earning her degrees, Teri began designing and illustrating custom business cards for stylists at a local alternative hair salon, Hairpolice. She continued to develop her design skills and unique illustration style by concepting and producing editorials, advertisements, marketing, branding, interactive and social materials for clients around the country. She split her creative time between illustrating, recycling and refurbishing furniture and remodeling her first home, and the corporate world as a Creative & Staffing Consultant, Account Executive, Business Owner, Operations Manager and Senior Interactive Producer/Project Manager.
In 2005, Teri submitted two paintings for the "Art-In-The-Dark" Show at La-La Land Gallery in Hollywood CA, created with black light reactive paints that revealed hidden content only when the black lights were switched on. A year later, she had her first solo show, "I Can Make You Smile" of 10 paintings and 12 commissioned digital illustrations exhibited at Hairpolice. Later that same year, she exhibited paintings at SpotArt, Casket Arts and Unleashed Productions in Minneapolis, and created a custom lunchbox for a group exhibit at La-La Land Gallery, “Hot Lunch Artshow” the following year.
Teri continued to juggle creating with the corporate life until 2012, when she left her desk job to work for herself and her Art. She expanded her graphic design and illustration clientele, concepted and illustrated 48 yoga characters that soon came alive in "The Adventures of Super Stretch" App, website and flashcards and on the pages of a 32 page children's book called "The Adventures of Super Stretch"; she designed 2 "Wheel Art" (art made with a HED 3 carbon fiber cycling race wheel) for The Annual Spye Wheel-Art Benefits 2 years in a row; designed and illustrated countless branding, identity, marketing, advertising and packaging materials; concepted, storyboarded and illustrated two more children's books titled "There Was An Old Lady Who Met A Ghost" and "There Was An Old Lady Who Met A Monster"; as well as designed, digitally illustrated and painted a 30'x7' mural that adorns the entrance of the Badger Hill Brewery in Shakopee, MN.
After her long term relationship ended in 2015, Teri realized the opportunity to create a new life. She decided to sell her home and move to fulfill a life long dream of living and making art on the West Coast. She submerged herself in painting, hosted a Solo Exhibit, book another show at Hairpolice and was invited to participate in SpotArt's Pop-Up Reunion Show at Art-A-Whirl in NE Minneapolis. 11 months after the break, she sold her house, packed her things, and with her dog, Horton, road tripped out to Los Angeles to start a new chapter.
In March 2017, she was invited to participate in a group show at La-La Land Gallery, "For Goodness Sake". Teri continues to paint, illustrate and design.
View Teri Harriet's latest work, we hope they touch your hearts and move you enough to welcome them into your lives!