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Journal Standard: With dog, palette and RV, Freeport artist makes a living on the road

From the writers at Journal Standard.

Teri Runte was not the kind of kid who carried around a sketch book.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Northern Illinois University but had to work hard to hone her talent. She once had an instructor in college tell her she would never be an artist. She refused to listen. She said even Michael Jordan was once told he’d never be a basketball player.

“It was difficult, but something kicked in with me and I clicked and somehow this all fell together for me,” she said.

For the past 25 years, Runte, a 48-year-old Freeport resident, has been making a living painting murals and doing caricatures.

After college, she worked for Six Flags Great America in Gurnee as a caricature artist. She learned from others and the more she looked at people and studied their facial features, the more she grew to love drawing and airbrushing the keepsake images.

To read the full story by The Journal Standard, click here.

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