Tree House Design was set up nearly two years ago by Teresa Wilson, a self-taught artist who decided to develop her hobby into a small business. Original art, prints, ceramics and commissions are available online or at her home studio in Teddington.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? I should probably say something philosophical here, but really, it’s the thought of a nice cup of tea and getting everyone out of the house on time!
What challenges do you face and how do you overcome them? Time management, as it’s easy to get distracted when you work from home. Juggling family needs, dog walks and a part-time job, as well as my own work, requires careful planning and the ability to prioritise my work, rather than vacuuming.
What made you start your own business? Realising that creating, making, painting and designing was what I wanted to do, and then thinking about how I could make that happen. Building up a portfolio and joining forces with good friend Jen Copeland, another ‘maker’, gave me the confidence to start selling.
What’s your favourite part of the day? Definitely the morning. I love having the whole day ahead of me.
Who inspires you and why? American artist, author and illustrator Lisa Congdon is a great inspiration – she’s self-taught, she left her job in her 30’s to become a full-time artist and has since built a very successful career. It’s good to know it can be done!
What lessons have you learned? To try everything and enjoy the challenge. This helps to develop your own style, build confidence and overcome the nagging self-doubt. My work can now range from a very fine pen and ink drawing to a large-scale mural.
What would the closest person in your life say if I asked them for the one characteristic that they totally like about you? Probably that I’m permanently cheerful! Certainly, doing what you love keeps you happy.
What is your favourite place in Teddington? Bushy park. I’m there most days walking our dog, and it’s the place I miss the most when I’m away.