Terese Nielsen

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Terese Nielsen
Terese Nielsen
General Information
Born Aurora, Nebraska, 1966
Status Active: Alliances to Unstable
Style Gouache, pencil edging
Education/ Training Art Center College of Design
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artist:"Terese Nielsen"

Terese Nielsen (born 1966 in Aurora, Nebraska as Terese Spencer) is an active Magic: The Gathering artist that began illustrating cards during Alliances. Her early artwork is extremely expressive and recognizable easily due to her very unique use of gouache.[1]

Education and training

She received an associate degree from Rick's College in Idaho and a bachelor's degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.[2]


Nielsen has done artwork for several companies and has developed a heavy following outside of Magic for her work on Star Wars "The Dark Times" packaging.,[3] Xena, and 7th Sea amongst other products.[2] Amongst Magic players, she is known for her extreme alterations on cards — most notably Force of Will.[4]

Artistic style

Nielsen's typical artwork style has migrated to photocopying her sketches, then watercoloring over them and using a colored pencil to finish off the edges.[5] She has demonstrated a strong ability to capture ethereal feminine beauty as well as illicit mood through careful palette consideration.[2]

Nielsen remains a popular artist and arguably the strongest female Magic artist along with Rebecca Guay.

Personal life

Her ex-husband is Mirage-era artist Cliff Nielsen and her brother is Ron Spencer. She currently resides in Temple City, California with her wife Dawn and their four children. Her current passion is to show off her lighter side with a project called Angel Quest.[2]

Terese Nielsen came under controversy due to her political views.[6]


External links


  1. Artist Spotlight Interview: Terese Nielsen. MTG Stores (2010-06-05). Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  2. a b c d Terese Nielsen (December 2007). "The Art of Terese Nielsen - Biography". Daydream Graphics. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  3. Pete Vilmur (2010-01-26). "Terese Nielsen Sheds Light on "The Dark Times" Artwork". StarWars.com. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  4. Terese Nielsen. "Terese Nielsen's Typepad". Typepad. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  5. a b c Toby Wachter (Wednesday, April 24, 2002). "Behind the Canvas: Terese Nielsen". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Terese Nielsen's letter to the Magic community (Reddit, April 3, 2019)
  7. (April–May 1999). "Chesley Award nominations", Science Fiction Chronicle 20 (5): 5.