Diane Slade has always loved to paint. She is intrigued by the whimsical, leaves in the wind, the changing seasons, mythology, the phases of the moon. Her muse is a tuxedo cat who appears in the series One Hundred Aspects Of Cat; sometimes he is the observer and sometimes the observed.A new series of small shorebird paintings was inspired by hours spent hiking the wetland trails.Diane uses acrylic paint with mediums for glazing and layering. The paintings are representational but emotion and atmosphere are primary.
The series One Hundred Aspects Of Cat was inspired by the Japanese artist, Yoshitoshi’s,block prints, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon.Emily Carr’s paintings of the forests of western Canada have taught her to be a better observer, to look more closely at the shapes and colors of things.
Diane has a Masters Degree in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University where she studied painting with Howard Fussiner. A later degree in Psychology from Antioch Los Angeles lead to a career in community mental health. She is happy to now have the time to paint.