I want gallerists, curators and audiences to recognize my work for bold mark making and vibrant color statements; to welcome my work into their visual spaces with confidence.
— Dianna Woolley

In the year 2000, I relocated from New York City and corporate business life to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With the move to Walla Walla, WA I set up my painting studio and began to establish an identity in the visual painting marketplace. I delight in near daily disciplined painting and productivity.

Educated primarily in realism — landscape scenes, still life, portraiture — my work has purposefully morphed into abstract painting rich with layers of texture and translucency. My strong interest in bold color combinations and contrasts along with mark making and medium, lend depth, representation and innovation to my own interpretation of mid-century expressionism. 

Traveling for the past three years in June to the East Coast of the US, I've participated in the Annual Conference for Professional Artists working specifically or partially with the encaustic/hot wax medium. Exposure to the medium and the professional artists participating in the event continue to prod my efforts toward the intuitive production of abstract work. Additionally, while on the East Coast of the US, I have pursued private reflection and singular artistic exploration on the Island of Nantucket — 2016 and 2017 in residency at the NISDA (Nantucket Island School of Design and Art). Weeks of dedicated painting (outside my own studio) each year serve to strengthen a long practice of personal reflection and innovation, while enabling me to encounter new mediums, workshops, techniques and other talented artists in search of camaraderie and insight into their own art making.

As a visual artist, beyond the personal enrichment of creating, I desire to engage with others who also create as well as those who do not yet create, have always wanted to create or claim that they haven’t a creative bone in their bodies. My connections through art with clients, future clients or “just looking” clients are important steps in recognition of humanity’s vulnerability, curiosity, and complexity.  Whether one “likes, or relates to, or just can’t stand” a piece of work enables connection.

 

Artist Statement

Traveling domestically and globally, my mind's eye is challenged to remember the awe of places familiar and new to me. Through the application of bold marks and strong color combinations, I practice intuitively to recall nature's wonder — wonder in the majesty of land, mountain and seascape. 

Experiencing cultures beyond my daily scope, I'm reminded of life's global color wheel and its transforming abstraction of the common as well as the awesome. Intuitively working with a chosen palette, I seek the inner resonance of my travel experience to manifest itself on sketchbook, paper, or panel.