Mary Therese is awed and inspired by natures beauty. Working as a surface designer in her studio on Fern Lake near the small town of Bemiji in northern Minnesota, she paints with dyes on silk, nylon and cotton fabrics. Playfully, she draws with wax resists (batik) and thickened dyes, sometimes printing with natural objects and carved linoleum blocks to add layers of textures and imagery.
Migrating north 30 years ago, she began her full time career in painting. Mary Therese’s work is seen throughout Bemidji and surrounding areas in her large murals and installations. It was after the completion of a mural for a private residence that her artistic endeavors shifted into fabric art. She was asked if she could construct painted Roman shades to work with the mural. Her experience came from working with her mother who was a seamstress constructing costumes and banners.
She began her first formal painting classes at a local college while in high school in Pennsylvania, later attending college at the Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking and a BFA in art education.She now teaches classes in drawing and painting to all age groups in her studio, also traveling to various locations throughout the state to offer artist in residencies.
“Great art happens when there is an element of spontaneity; when you watch something happen that is not totally under your control. These are magical moments, I work with patience to be present to witness the magical moments!
7 thoughts on “About MT”
hi MT- This is Pam from Virginia. Hope things are going well. I love your art!
Hello Pam! What a busy summer! Things are going well here in Mn. How are YOU?? Every time I start a large silk painting i think of you!! Thanks for being an inspiration in my life!! love,mt
Hi there, I bought a beautiful scarf this Summer and was going to buy two clips from you to hang it on my wall, but I thought would be able to find them on my own. I can’t find the clips, they were metal with little rings attached. Could you tell me where to find them, or could I buy 2 from you??
Hello Stephanie! If you have a Jo Ann’s fabric store anywhere near you?? they would be in with the drapery hardware. Let me know if you are able to find them…I could help if not. Thanks for appreciating my art! mt
So good to see you so happy and beautiful. You are amazing dear friend. Your work is beautiful just as I knew it would be.
Hi Sharon:)X good to hear from you! And thanks for the wow!!! Hope you and family are doing good!
I really appreciate it ! i am Samuel Preston from USA , would like to buy your art piece for our upcoming anniversary , am buying the item as a gift for my wife want to make it a surprise to her , I’m fascinated by your level of creativity and inspiration , would like to receive further information about original works you have for sale and your location: ) . regards , Samuel