Born in Powell River, BC, Teresa (Tess) Stieben taught visual arts through city programs in Camrose, Calgary, Hinton, AB, and Manitoba. Stieben began her studies at the University of Manitoba, and in 2002 graduated from The University of Calgary earning a BFA with Distinction. Numerous hours of field research devoted to watching and photographing the natural world advise and inspire her work as a painter, photographer, printmaker, and mixed media sculptor. Stieben’s sculptural pieces, built from recycled media, speak to the demise of the natural landscape and surrounding ecosystems as a result of human shortsightedness. Stieben’s hope is for her artistic practice to encourage recognition and protection of native bird and wildlife species, especially within cities.