Brian Dietz studied art at Cypress College and California State University, Fullerton. He has over 30 years of art related experience. He was a graphic artist for many years. Eventually he became an art director/marketing specialist. As a freelance artist, he produced print ads which appeared in Architectural Digest, Veranda and several other national publications. Brian has been commissioned for projects ranging from various paintings and illustrations to small home murals to numerous portraits for private collectors.
Brian is accomplished in most media. He works primarily in oil, acrylic and watercolor. Capturing open spaces, and the colorful drama of nature is his passion. The source for his paintings come from his travels around the western United States. In addition to his brothers, artists that have most influenced and inspired him are, Mikel Wintermantel, Albert Bierstadt, Edward Hopper, Elizabeth Tolley, Arnold Desmarais, Tony Couch and Ted Kautzky.
In 1982 he married his wife whom he met in a college art class. They still reside in Southern California where they enjoy spending time with family. In 2003 Brian was forced to resign from his regular graphics and marketing position after being diagnosed with a complicated neurological disorder called Trigeminal Neuralgia, also referred to as the suicide disease. After countless medical tests, he underwent a procedure where a metal halo is screwed into the scull and radiation is injected at the nerve. Unfortunately the procedure fell short of the desired result and caused additional problems. Brian now lives with constant discomfort and pain which is similar to slamming a finger in a door as well as the periodic electric shock or sharp stabbing occurring in the face and head.
Art provides valuable therapy. Unable to work a regular job, Brian still paints on occasion. " I consider myself blessed that in spite of the constant discomfort caused by my illness, I still enjoy art. God used the adversity to bring me closer to Him. For that I am truly grateful. I thoroughly enjoy the creative process. I put myself into my paintings so I tend to paint scenes of places where I want to be. Producing art that other people enjoy provides me with a sense of purpose".
In 2017 Brian became critically ill. An MRI revealed that a small mass near the brain stem, that had been discovered years prior, was suddenly growing and deviating the brain stem. In October, Brian was admitted to UCI medical center where Dr. Frank Hsu and his staff performed life saving surgery, successfully removing a tumor the size of a fist. Doctors advised at that time that with no further complications the recovery could take many months or years.
In 2018, Brian suffered another life threatening health crisis just months after brain surgery. He endured 3 more procedures during the first week of June. In April of 2019, he had his sixth procedure within 18 months.
Brian continues the long extended rehab with the help of his wife and dedicated therapists at West Coast Spine and Rehab, Kimberly, Lynne, Carissa and Dina. One of his goals is to be able to return to painting.
We are so very thankful to all the doctors, nurses, therapists and healthcare providers. We are eternally grateful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the giver of life and all our blessings.
Alan Dietz has been an active artist throughout his adult career, with thirty years of experience as a graphic designer and illustrator. Mediums of choice include watercolor, oils, and prisma color pencils. When Alan is not in his studio painting, he is painting plein air, or on a photo excursion gathering material for new paintings.
His early childhood was spent in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where he developed an appreciation for the outdoors. Alan's passion for nature has been the inspiration in his paintings. He has captured mountain vistas, beautiful beaches, colorful deserts and nostalgic farms. Alan has been commissioned for several prestigious projects while receiving several awards for his work.