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Mary Theresa Dietz, Artist

I am a Tucson, AZ based fine artist working in many types of media and always trying new ones. I've been creating and selling my art for more than 40 years. However, I don't remember a time when I didn't consider myself an artist and I can remember pretty clearly being age 4. Even then, there was nothing more exciting to me than doing art.

I paint mostly with oil sticks, but I also create encaustic painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. My subjects are mainly animals. Sometimes I like to combine different types of animals and animals with humans. My influences include folk art, pre-Columbian, ancient Egyptian, and ancient European art, German expressionism, the Fauves, animals and the natural world, and my subconscious.

My art is my obsession - my reason for living. I use subject, form, texture, and color to create objects that are more than the materials that make them. They communicate feelings and emotions that can't be explained in words. My work is all about aesthetics, and my aim is not to make statements, social comment, or illustration, rather I strive to arrest the viewer with a visual feast.

I am noted for my animal imagery and use of color. My work is in numerous national and international private collections and public collections including Tucson Public Library and Ronald MacDonald House. I teach workshops at Womankraft school of the Arts in Tucson and a wildly fun class in my studio, called DISCOVER YOUR INNER CHILD ARTIST.