Medium: Acrylic Painting
Facebook & Instagram: @art_by_di
Hub Address: Riley's Cidery
"Beauty of nature is the key inspiration behind Di’s contemporary West Coast acrylic paintings. With a focus on light, colour, and movement, Di seeks to reduce the endless detail of life into simple form and palette, allowing viewers’ imaginations to fill in details of time and place. The artist sees herself as a filter; passing images repeatedly through the lens of her mind as she translates the world around her.
Not bound by any school or tradition, she simply creates what pulls at her heart until it is put down on canvas. Starting with a scene or composite image, she peels back layers of detail, emboldens colour, and smooths shapes until she is ready to transfer onto canvas. By adding thin layers of a single acrylic color, she builds until the medium is opaque yet smooth- showing the texture of the canvas below. Clean lines are achieved by a steady hand and are one of the most consistent features of her compositions.
Much of Di’s focus is on the unique species that inhabit the coastlines of British Columbia. Growing up on the West Coast, she has developed an intimate connection with forest, mountains, sea, and the animals that call it home. She clearly conveys this reverence for nature in her paintings, highlighted by her commitment to bringing attention to nature conservation.
The artist lives and works in Victoria and on Bowen Island, BC.”