Essentially a landscape artist, abstracts, flora and animals also feature in my work. During my early schooldays I was encouraged to develop a perceived talent in art, a subject I then studied throughout GCSE and A-levels.
However at university I had to consider my career and studied Media and Business, then moving to London to work within the Media Industry. Now based in Kent and whilst holding down a full-time job in London, my world of art has exploded after having many exhibitions in Kent and East Sussex over 2008 and now in 2009 continues to grow strongly.
My Painting: The landscapes I paint are based on places I have been; I use experience and memories as my starting point, however I am fascinated by pushing the contours of a beautiful landscape into the whimsical and the truly magical.
I don't try to re-create images, photography is more than apt at doing that, but push the scene a little further with the imagination. Although I like to try many different styles I feel that Impressionism has always been the strongest influence in my work.
I am a very visual person; nothing gives me more satisfaction than colour, shape, texture and light. I am constantly amazed by the power of colour, how different it can look depending light and adjacent colours. It isn't about representation; it's about so much more.
To me painting is escapism; it allows real thinking time away from the grindstone. I will finish some paintings faster than others when my thoughts are racing, my brush keeps pace. Alternatively it can be a time to let my brain slow down, my focus can turn fully to the painting and I will shut everything else out.
I couldn't say if one state of mind achieves better than the other, it's all emotion and it's all part of life. Once I have signed the painting, I know I am not allowed to touch it with a paintbrush again. The perfectionist inside me would quite simply never want to stop.
My Art: I aim to inspire the resources of your mind and achieve a genuine moment of 100% attention. If you find that I have interrupted your world, even if only for that single moment, then I will be satisfied. To me art is about giving something magical to the viewer; shapes, colours and textures all spark off the imagination, the brain and senses are stimulated, prompting emotions way beyond the visual representation.
It's about appetite, stimulation, fascination, and infatuation. No two brush strokes can ever be the same, no two paintings will ever match, and that is my inspiration."
Diane Griffith's art gallery