Tess Marites Lankovich is currently a student at Bethel University in Clarksville, TN, where she majors in Business Science. In addition, she works full time, participates in an amazing array of community events, and manages to find time for an arts career. Growing up as part of a military family, she lived in such far-flung locations as the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii, California, Texas, Nebraska, Connecticut and finally Tennessee. "If it weren't for the military, I would never have grown up with such discipline and values and the aspect of being an American," said Lankovich. "I have a lot of respect for the United States and I think that's where my patriotic themes come from." During her travels, Lankovich was busy building her portfolio, utilizing anything she came across to create a variety of canvases. She says, "Everywhere I've ever been I try to put all my experiences in some kind of picture where I have a story to tell." She has now been painting and exhibiting for over twenty years. In 2001 she packed up all her artwork and followed her family to the Army post in Clarksville. There, she approached the library staff about displaying her mosaics and they agreed. The deeply personal artwork was themed around the military and feelings of isolation. Her solo exhibit was titled "Tess: The Mosaic Woman with the Story-Telling Pictures." Her passion for art started at the age of nine by simply folding paper into a variety of shapes and forms known as Origami. By her early 30s she had moved on to mosaics. Now her artwork is a mixture of ink, watercolors, acrylics, and oils on canvas. "I want families and children to understand that through our artwork we can develop a togetherness," said Lankovich. "I also want them to know that everything they leave behind is just as important as if they were here."
You can reach Tess at: firstname.lastname@example.org 931-302-5067