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 20 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!