D I A N E W I L L I A M S - B I O
I paint to express the grandeur and vulnerability of nature, as a metaphor for the transitory quality of life. Multiple layers chronicle what is concrete and what is illusive. Erasures remind us that nothing is permanent, yet everything leaves an impression. Brushwork adds motion as the paintings drift between figure and ground, presence and memory. It takes courage to enter the unknown and perhaps that is why many people avoid abstraction.
Although my work is abstract I follow the same rules as a representational painter, incorporating figure/ground relationships with the interaction of light, motion, temperature, tension, rhythm and pattern. Overlaying of mediums achieves a depth of space and also an archaeological quality that allows the viewer to witness the history of the painting. The two elements that have significance to my artistic expression are the use of line and the color red. I use red as punctuation and also as the quiet element. Lines add movement and tension and are often a focal point, tracing my physical relationship to the canvas. My ideas about the piece form as a reaction to the process, making marks and responding to what I see, then editing to achieve fluidity and order. Like a portal, I hope my work is a passageway for the viewer to enter uncharted territory, considering what was familiar with a renewed vitality.
A recognizable object such as a flower often helps the viewer delve deeper into the abstract nature of both the paint and the human psyche. My work addresses the nature of change and chance. I never dictate the outcome, but instead gently guide and persuade the medium to reveal its nature. I want my paintings to inspire and expand the viewer, so that, like the mystic, they linger a moment longer.
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I AN I Studio is located at 991 Jackson Street in Benicia, California.
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"The creative process is collaboration between the artist and the mysterious and powerful forces beyond our control. The trick is to find the balance between artistic decisions and fortunate mishaps. That is where art comes alive and spirit takes shape."