Teresa Satola

When you are ready to turn your dreams into reality

A Satola original features the finest art materials available today. Teresa’s exceptional oil paintings utilize only Belgian portrait linen for its heirloom value and extended life. Many of Teresa’s clients plan on commissioning an heirloom for future generations to enjoy, and they appreciate her expertise in being forthright about using the finest materials. The best portrait artists will share these small but significant details with heir clients. This is but one of the reasons why savvy clients insist on a Satola original.

Your portrait deserves the brightest and most permanent overall colors. For this reason, Teresa uses only the finest paints available with the Maroger medium. This rare and costly medium gives your subjects an “inner glow: as is seen in the works of the Old Masters such as DaVinci, Titian, Elgreco, Vemeer and others.

The rich, vibrant colors of your most cherished classic artists began with an Old Master’s techniques called an “underpainting”, or umber drawing.” Using Maroger medium, this time-consuming, raely seen foundational step is still used today in Satola originals. This lays the groundwork for producing the same brilliant timeless colors your portrait demands.

Teresa Satola

The artistry of a “Satola original”

Teresa is known for her ability to guide her clients through the process of commissioning a piece of art. If you’re not comfortable with how the process works, you’re not alone. Teresa has seen this time and time again, but her patient style and ongoing dialogue throughout the entire process makes for a very enjoyable experience.

Some artists will work completely from a submitted image. Teresa knows better, which is why she asks for multiple images and learns a great deal about her subject before beginning. This is what separates those who paint from a picture and those who capture the essence of a subject producing heirloom-quality artwork. From portraits to church commissions and other subjects, these are the steps that must be followed to create the highest quality private commissions. This is what must be done to produce a “Satola original.”

Career Highlights

  • Creating artwork for St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sugargrove, OH in 2014.
  • Creating artwork for St. Pope John XXIII in Canal Winchester, OH.
  • Creating the artwork for the new Luminous Mystery banners for Our Lady of the Assumption in Lancaster, OH.
  • Creating Our Lady of Guadalupe for Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in West Jefferson, OH.
  • Collaboration with world renowned doll and teddy bear artist Linda Henry Boving in creating some costume designs for Linda’s creations for Knickerbocker and Disney (and Annette Funicello).
  • Design work for “The Pride and the Prejudice” for PBS
  • Costumer for Twelfth Night with Leonard Nimoy at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.
  • “Second Day Cancellation Stamp” in 1997 for the U.S. Post Office in Lyons, OH 1998 Prayer Card Design, National Shrine of the Little Flower, Darien, IL
  • Logo work for the Catholic Charismatic Center in Columbus, OH
  • Costume design for “Macbeth,” Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Desmond Healy, Center Stage, Baltimore


  • “Stamping Arts and Crafts,” November/December, 1999
  • “Doll Castle News,” December, 1999
  • “Little Flower lives again through local artist”, The Catholic Times, December 28, 1997
  • “Art Students To Display Work,” cover, The Wagnalls Memorial, June/July, 2002
  • “Pope John XXIII Church celebrates Mass, blessing”, images featured in cover story, The Catholic Times, May 23, 2004
  • “Satola’s picture paints a thousand words for parish,” The Catholic Times, May 5, 2002
  • “My Spiritual Pilgrimage to Italy,” Pope John Post, January, 2005
  • “St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster unveils Luminous Mysteries” The Catholic Times October 2005
  • “Sacred art,” mentioned in letter to the editor, The Catholic Times, February 26, 2006


  • Selected to paint the official portrait of St. Therese of Lisieux for the National Shrine of the Little Flower
  • “Best of Show,” Fairfield County Fair, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2009
  • Letter of appreciation from Pope John Paul II, 1999


  • “Honoring the Centenary Year of St. Therese,” 1997, Rockefeller Center, New York City
  • Exhibition of Satola originals, Groveport Town Hall, December, 2004
  • “The Art of Costume,” March 4th-29th, 1997, Fairfield County District Library


  • Teaches iconography classes at Our Lady of the Mountains in Jasper, GA.
  • Taught classes in oils, pastels, watercolor, colored pencils and pencil at Wagnalls Memorial Library, where Teresa was known as “the artist in residence.”
  • Taught classes at Catonsville Community College, University of Maryland and Western Maryland College.