Nurture - the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something
Why I Feel the Need to Create
I find painting and the time spent in my studio one of the most satisfying things I do. Being creative has always been a part of my life. As a kid I recall coveting the 64 pack of Crayola crayons. All those colors in one box. I’m still excited by color as you can see from my paintings. The drive to create is a need that fulfills me.
How Our Salon Nurtures Me
Salon connects me to a group of women who truly understand the need to create, who talk the vocabulary of art and share the unique creative pull we have in common. It is a place where we can put all other roles aside, discuss the discovery of an inspiring artist, celebrate being accepted into a juried show or new gallery, discuss breakthroughs in a new technique, or ask questions we may have about marketing, materials or resources. It is a comfy, cozy nest to share with my Salon Sisters.
More About Diana
Diana is a mixed media artist. She graduated from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, cum laude with a BFA. She majored in painting working independently with noted artist Paul Zimmerman. Always finding the need to create, her painting became more central in her life with a move to coastal Rhode Island with her husband Richard —fulfilling their dream to live by the water. She began building a network of friends, investigating the local art scene, connecting with fellow artists, taking workshops and eventually built a studio. The creative spark was re-ignited!
She is a member of the Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Stonington Printmakers Society, and the Mystic Art Center. She is affiliated with The Silver Circle Arts Center in Putnum, CT. and Gallery 460, Wickford, RI. Her paintings hang in private collections throughout New England.
I’ve always been one to pause and notice the shapes and textures of flowers and leaves - the dance of trees silhouetted against a winter sky, the unfurling of fiddlehead ferns, the tracery of leaf veins. The saturated color of summer gardens and the wonder of New England’s fall, these are among my recurring themes.
The impressions I carry with me spill out in lush hues and spontaneous shapes. My paintings begin freely with a color, a shape or pattern that captures my eye and translates emotion and feeling onto paper. My favorite medium is artist’s ink for its luminous and vibrant colors. To begin, I spritz the surface of the watercolor paper and manipulate surface, twisting and turning it until I get the unexpected and exciting mingling of color and shape that eventually becomes a finished painting.
"Following the lead of a beautiful line or flow of an unexpected color combination as it emerges helps shape the direction of the painting.".
in the studio
Working on a series incorporating printed papers (Inspired by my collage artist friend Kathy Johnson), I've been collecting leaf skeletons as I prepare my gardens for Spring. These are papers imprinted with the "skeletons". Love the delicacy of these shapes. I feel collage painting coming on