Like many artists, Diane has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She feels a visceral connection to what she sees around her, to places, to the land, to the prairies and sky. She is passionate about images expressed in texture, colour, and line. Diane's work often expresses her love for place in a tactile way. The viewer is drawn in, drawn to touch the surface, coming close to explore the fine details and transitions as well as the overall sense of the piece.
She works almost exclusively from her own photographs. Part of each summer is spent with friends and neighbors driving around their farms and back roads, touring their favorite places.
Diane is a painter mixed media artist living in Biggar, Saskatchewan. She obtained a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987.
From oil paint and acrylic to encaustic and mixed media the process of making art fascinates and engages me completely.
I am continually expanding a body of work that celebrates Saskatchewan landscapes. The theme of this body of work is the macro and micro landscapes of Saskatchewan. The macro includes our living skies and prairie vistas, northern lakes, and country roads. The micro are those tiny landscapes found in gardens, ditches, and flowerbeds; those often subtle and overlooked miniature vistas found in our own backyards and farmyards.
My encaustic paintings are made with beeswax, damar resin (a natural tree sap that acts as a hardening agent), oil paint and other media. I paint in layers, fusing each layer with heat. Encaustic painting has a long history, dating back to the 5th Century B.C. The word encaustic means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. Beeswax is impervious to moisture, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow or darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.