Maria Teresa Frescas Illingworth was born in Hollywood, CA. She lives and works in Arlington, VA. While she has been an artist all of her life, she delayed making art her profession until she had retired from the Navy and worked for several years for the Veteran’s Administration as a Social Worker. Her previous professions have given her the insight that everyone and everything has value. She up-cycles vintage windows, frames, glass and various treasures. She enjoys working in glass-on-glass mosaic, because it has an organic nature with jagged cuts and seeping grout. It is in these imperfections that she sees beauty. Her work has been shown at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Target Gallery, Arlington Art Center, Art League, as well as other stores and locations in Northern Virginia and Maryland.