DIANA HAND ARTIST
During my life in art, a passion for the act of drawing and painting has led me along a winding road of psychological twists and turns, emotional bumps in the road, some unexpected diversions and very many challenges. I have always been searching for a place where I felt both freely expressive and technically reasonably competent. Both components are essential. Without feeling and expression, art for me is meaningless. Without knowledge, in terms of both skill and ideas, it is impossible to develop further. It has taken me many years to find this place and I am of course still learning and still discovering my voice and my language.
The hallmark of my expressive art is simple and direct mark-making which embodies my feelings and my whole being. This could be abstract colour shapes on cloth, or black and white drawings or prints on paper. Often it takes a long period of study for this successful spontaneity to work. Years of experience and intense focus are distilled into a few quick lines or marks. I like to work with charcoal or liquid medium such ink wash because they function as an extension of my hand.
Most recently I have been drawing horses. I have always loved and drawn horses since I was a small child, and I am now rediscovering this delight. I am fascinated by the complex form of the horse and by its beauty, and by the simultaneous combination of great power and sensitivity. Their energy is a great creative catalyst. I have experience with of being with horses, and I am constantly learning more about them and their construction and movement. I would like to make paintings of horses, and this has now led me to study painting materials and techniques such as oil painting. This is a new approach to art and a new intellectual and sensual challenge,