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In my most recent artwork I explore spontaneous expression, staying with fresh marks of paint on paper formed by hand and brush, trusting that with this approach, a visual image can appear that is inherently interesting and worthy.
This is a change from the my previous ten years of mostly representational work, adding successive layers of paint and making careful adjustments until I’d achieved a more or less planned artistic effect. The result was a recognizable subject: a landscape, still life or figures in a setting.
Now, to paint is to take a small step into the unknown. The process is a conversation between the gestures of the brush and the painting taking form. Each of these finished works can be viewed as an abstract painting, or as a meeting of line, shape, colour and light in space.
Diane works in a variety of visual arts media: gouache, watercolours, sumi ink, collage, oils, acrylics, and fabrics. Her current paintings are abstract or semi-representational explorations of light, colour, sound, movement and their interplay.
She has studied and worked in Western art forms; traditional Eastern and contemporary contemplative arts, including brush calligraphy, ikebana and contemplative photography; and handcrafts, including stained glass, and fabric and soft leather goods (design and construction). Her studio is in Halifax; visits by appointment.