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Diana J. Smith

BIOGRAPHY

 


“Peering through the mist, eyes bright with anticipation.Laying in wait, or just waiting.These splendid creatures know more than we suspect.”In this series of abstract wolves I am striving to capture one fleeting moment with just the eyes - a content comradery or a concentrated stare at movement in the brush.Using acrylic painting and a few lines with charcoal, I am simply suggesting the wolf. The only detail is reserved for the eyes. I have chosen a very warm, but bright palette, reminding me of the colors of the New Mexico landscape, then interjected the wolf into this landscape.The vision is to create a pleasant, comforting place, while portraying the presence and dignity of the wild canine.


Diana J Smith has been communicating through art since she was a child. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Diana attended Northwest Classen High School and University of Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in painting. Her intense interest in masks led her into additional studies in anthropology.Diana established her graphic design firm, Designsmith, Inc. in 1984. She has won dozens of awards throughthe years including many local and regional ADDY Awards in the commercial area, as well as manyawards for her fine art.Diana has exhibited in numerous juried, group, and solo shows and has won awards for her paintings, masks and mixed media figures. While Diana also enjoys pure abstraction, she is best known for her acrylic paintings of canines, enlivening her subjects with qualities of loyalty, humor, inquisitiveness, mystery and patience.Diana’s newest body of work is in ceramics.“ Working in clay feels therapeutic. At first, of course, I sculpted dog heads, then added other animals and surrounded them with plants and flowers on a sculpted back board.Then it evolved….. I began to sculpt the heads and let them take on their own form, almost part dog, rabbit, camel, pig, even fish and they became their own species.I loved where it went, they felt noble, like they were from a romantic ancient culture, so they needed robes. I believe the Celtic influence in their attire comes from my past. I had traveled to see County Clare, where my great-great-grandfather came from, and spent days photographing the wonderful old Celtic grave markers.”This new body of work is called “Down the Rabbit Hole.”Diana is a member of Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Art Guild, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and Paseo Artists Association.Diana lives & works in Oklahoma City with her husband, and always a dog or two.