A Pisces born in the heartland, Terese can be counted on to stay centered in the soul as she expresses her unique blend of earthy, hands-on wisdom and ethereal inner vision. She wields socket wrench and paint brush with equal flair, and might use both in the same project. As her hands drop seeds in the soil of her garden (from which she will undoubtedly make soup for a cold winter’s day) in her heart, dreams are born that will nourish and inspire humanity in its greatest hour of need. Though an accomplished and highly esteemed freelance illustrator for the last 20 years, many will contend that she has unwittingly created deeply meaningful ‘fine art’ that has literally changed the course of lives. There is no scientific way to explain the esoteric symbols that mysteriously show up in her work, or the way her characters come to life as fully formed, divine manifestations that she has simply channeled. Wander into her work and let the beauty affirm you as it invites you to love fiercely, forever, with complete abandon.
I come from a background steeped in rich foods and rich traditions. Born and raised in The Crescent City as the youngest of four siblings in a family with roots in the Cajun & Creole marshlands of Louisiana and foundations in the cobbled streets of colonial New Orleans, I create adventures in this life as a seeker of knowledge in the areas of language, cognition, and culture. I quest for magic and breathe in wisdom at the intersections of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. After studying music and linguistics at University of Alabama, I earned an MA in French Linguistics from The Louisiana State University, an MSc in Language & Speech Engineering from The University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Cognitive Science and Linguistics from Indiana University. Language and its processing by the human brain have always been an exciting curiosity for me. Over the course of 13 years in the field of human-computer interaction, my focus gradually returned to where it began: human-human interaction. Training in hypnotherapy and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) has allowed me to combine a life-long fascination with language structure and human communication with techniques to open blocked roads and reveal the boundless potential of the path that lies ahead. My home base is now Seattle, and New Orleans is always home.
Auntie Sindy Todo
Born and raised on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast and a true Southern Rootworker, my Cajun/Louisiana ancestral gumbo is fully reflected in my conjure and is representative of the blend of cultures found there. I am a conjurer, spiritual coach, energy worker, healer, intuitive, and card & bone reader. I also serve as a Spiritual Bridge between realms. My gifts are ancestral and passed down to me from my Cajun and Lebanese Grandmothers. In my business, Todomojo, I am honored to work with individuals from around the world. Blessed with a knack for creativity, my specialties include petition and altar work, as well as fashioning a beautiful line of conjure art pieces that I design for various types of rootwork. An art major in college, and then a motivated manager, I have always been in service to people in every career I’ve ever had from food and beverage to antiques and chocolate. In addition to my magical business affiliations, for 14 years in the mundane world I have owned a unique management coaching and accounting business that specializes in working with creative entrepreneurs. I reside in Seattle, Washington with my beloved husband of 25 years.