Today we’d like to introduce you to Diane Stevens.
Diane, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve always loved art ever since I was a kid back in Dracut, Massachusetts, in the fifties and sixties. I can remember sitting in third-grade class on a rainy day during indoor recess and sketching the back of the head of the boy sitting in front of me. I mostly drew in those days, and I mostly drew people. Any chance I got I drew, and it was mostly kids in school – kids whose looks I found fascinating.As I got older, life and practicality, raising a son on my own, took over, and I put my love of art on hold. I became a special education teacher and worked to support me and my son. I eventually retired from teaching and decided to pick up where I left off and enrolled in various art classes and workshops. I mainly painted as a hobby then. It wasn’t until I took an abstract art class with an artist by the name of Lauren Montecon, who opened my eyes to abstract art that I became an abstract painter.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
A friend once told me, “Diane, you don’t paint, you attack.” I can’t think of a better description of my process. I paint fast, and I submerge myself in the process. When I put down the brush, I feel like I’ve left the battlefield. I leave intellect and knowledge behind and “paint,” that is, put something on the canvas, in a visceral way. And I do it quickly, constantly moving, grabbing whatever I can to make my mark on the canvas. I paint with no filter. I express through color, mark making, and texture.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
You all have it in you to create and create well. You need to do it every day. If you trust in exploring your creative nature, you will be amazed at what emerges. And when it does, don’t judge, just accept and be awed.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen at Hugo Rivera Gallery in Laguna Beach or at HugoRivera.com. Please write to me and tell me what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Website: HugoRivera.com
- Email: email@example.com