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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Diane White





" Art has always been an important part of my life. When looking back on the drawings and art projects that I brought home from elementary school, I can see that I always felt the need to express myself with art. It has taken many forms through out the years, from painting classes, to designing decorative painted items that I sold, to painting murals, and now my oil painting. I paint exclusively in oil, savoring the rich buttery feel of the paint on my brush, the texture of the canvas, even the smell of the paint. Right now I focus primarily on still lifes, but occasionally will paint a landscape or animal when the mood strikes.

I am drawn to the still life by the way the light falls on ordinary objects, illuminating them to draw the viewer into the painting. I am currently using icons of contemporary society such as Chinese take out containers, coffee cups, and paper bags to create my still lifes. I believe that these objects can be beautiful and interesting in their own way.

My still life paintings begin long before I even enter my studio. Through years of combing antique shops and flea markets, I have collected many interesting pieces that find their way into my paintings. I might have a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a basket of fruits or vegetables that just begs for me to paint them. I carefully arrange and often rearrange these with items from my collections of pottery, vases, brass and copper items, until I find the perfect set up. I frequently have a color concept or a theme that I am trying to express, and it often takes hours to get it right. I arrange the light so it falls on the objects with interesting shadows, lost and found edges. Then the painting begins, trying to capture the subtle nuances of light and color in the still life. I finally enjoy choosing the frame that completes the still life painting."

Education:
West Virginia University
Studied with Robert Daley and Elizabeth Pruitt
Workshops with David Leffel, Robert Johnson, James Sulkowski, Phil Salvato, Jeff Legg


2010

Finalist in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 over 31 competition

Painting juried into American Women Artists National Juried Competition

Painting juried into Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition

Painting selected as Fav15% in FineArtViews Jan,June,July,Sept Contest

Painting juried into Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 100th Annual Exhibition

Seeing Red selected as finalist in FineArtViews April Contest

McMurray Art League Juried Show- Honorable Mention

Upper Sr. Clair League for the Arts Juried Show- Honorable Mention
2009

Painting juried into Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 99th Annual Exhibition

Painting accepted into Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition
2008

South Hills Art League Juried Show- Award of Merit

Painting accepted into Salon International 2008

Painting accepted into Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibit

McMurray Art League Juried Show- First Place

Upper Sr. Clair League for the Arts Juried Show- Honorable Mention
2007

South Hills Art League Annual Juried Show- Award of Merit

Upper St. Clair League for the Arts Spring Juried Show- Fourth Place

Pittsburgh Society of Artists Recent Works show- One of 3 awards













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