Teresa O'Bert 's family came from South Central America where she has frequently traveled. As a result she speaks a little Spanish and Portuguese as well as English. Now 29 years of age, she attended Kirkwood Community College where she studied Social Services Psychology along with her passion for history. Her bookshelves are lined with 20th century social history books. As a result of a very bad stroke, she suffers from a rare form of narcolepsy and has had to take a break from school. She now spends a lot of time at home, unable to drive her car for fear of an attack, and her artwork has been extremely helpful to keep her busy. She has two different approaches to creative expression; one involves carefully constructed collages commemorating some of our most famous superstars such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and a stunning piece portraying the rapper, Tupac Shakur. She uses her own egg white-based shellac to apply to heavy wood panels recycled from coffee tables and other used furniture that she finds in dumpsters or street corners. Her other endeavor involves intricately constructed mandalas cut from pieces of decorative paper in large, striking panels of framed paper.