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Diane Hillier

From Diane Hillier herself:

My paintings and collages are a response to things I see around me...things in the natural world such as plants, animals, patterns and forms. I improvise with materials, spaces, subjects, color and light and then settings and a kind of language appears, leading me into a narrative journey.

In my paintings I start each piece by building up a colored ground--applying layers of acrylic paint to a wooden panel, sanding, scraping and making marks to create texture, then accentuating the texture with tinted glazes. As I continue to work, adding painted and collaged imagery, the composition suggests a narrative. I sometimes include imagery borrowed from my personal experiences, or from the cultural or political circumstances that surround me. In a group of my paintings a bird emerged with which I began to identify. As I painted this bird in different postures and settings I began to ask myself: When in my life am I in flight (Leaving) and when am I static (Grounded)? When am I vulnerable (SOS) or competent (Survival Skills), and when am I feeling at peace (Home)?

Each painting seems to inform the next and so I follow that lead as I include new things that I see around me. It's like leaping from one stepping stone to the next.

My collage work has very organically grown out of my painting style. The juxtaposition of seemingly disparate elements suggests a narrative and they tell me where I'm going.

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A Perfectly Altruistic Person
mixed media
4" x 6 1/2"
And
mixed media
6" x 9"
Bear There
mixed media
9 1/2" x 6"
Circumspect
mixed media
4 7/8" x 7 5/8"
Consultation / Navigation
mixed media
6" x 9 1/2"
         
Contents [sold]
mixed media
4 1/2" x 7 1/8"
On the Grid I (Bear)
mixed media on panel
16" x 16"
On the Grid II (Elephant)
mixed media on panel
16" x 16"
On the Grid III (Monkey)
mixed media on panel
16" x 16"
On the Grid IV (Lion)
mixed media on panel
12" x 12"
         
On the Grid V (Yellow Birds)
mixed media on panel
12" x 12"
On the Grid VI (Elephants)
mixed media on panel
12" x 12"
Here
mixed media
4 1/2" x 6 7/8"
I Put My Best Foot Forward
mixed media
6" x 9 1/2"
Take That! [sold]
mixed media
4 7/8" x 7 5/8"
         
       
Unlimited
mixed media
6 3/8" x 9 3/4"
       
         
 
     
 
 
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