Paintings by Diana Hand
I have always worked with dye on fabric, but I am now experimenting with acrylic and oil paint as an alternative source of colour. It is a very different medium and far more predictable in the sense that you can see what is happening. So personal, so visceral – the paint is the third element between artist and subject.
In my textile work, I used the dye in a very expressive and abstract way. It has been challenging for me to translate that freedom into paint, and I had to learn how to use paint in a traditional way before I feel free enough to experiment. The great benefit is the option of increased control over the medium as well as the option to rework. However, thanks to inspired and knowledgeable teachers such as Martin Arcanio Campos I am able to engage with the paint and the composition as dynamic elements in themselves.
Examples of this new approach will soon be appearing here.