Artist Statement: I am drawn to geometric elements and linear designs in the natural world, finding particular beauty in the interweaving of layers. Usually my art begins with an image in my mind, based on one of my photographs, and the sensations ignited by it. Then, as I paint and make marks, each piece takes on its own rhythm, its own essence, guiding me along. Other times, I simply start playing with pattern, texture, line, and color, and a scene emerges, a dance begins, a light shines. Many of my artworks are inspired by the glacially carved shoreline of Lake Champlain, Vermont, and the magical interplay of light, wind, stones and water there. In the end, I hope to evoke imagination, wonder, and a sense of infinite possibility- the same sparks that fuel me when I am painting.
Overview: Over the past five decades, Rena Diana has taken art courses in a variety of media. Throughout her adult life, she has kept notebooks chronicling her observations and experiences. Gradually these became art journals, filled with sketches, along with personal narrative and remarks about the creative process. As these notebooks evolved into more formal exercises, she realized that they were distinct art forms in themselves. At that point, she began creating larger, single pieces. Most recently she has studied at the Art Students League in New York City.
Membership: National Association of Women Artists