I paint mostly in oil sticks, but I also do encaustic painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. Although animal imagery has been dominate in my work, lately I have been including the unidealized human face and combining painting and sculpture. 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.
I use subject, form, texture, and color to 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 want to arrest the viewer with a visual feast.
Mary Theresa Dietz 2020