About me

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“Work is my salvation. It changes my moods.” -Zane Grey

I have resisted writing this page, but since I often read the About page on other blogs I decided not to hold out any longer. I resisted writing it initially because my “About” was mostly about the past since my design career was behind me (I took early retirement after a severe chronic fatigue syndrome relapse) and my resume and the list of my accomplishments no longer seemed relevant. It seems like it all happened to someone else.

I keep saying I am in midlife, or somewhere thereabouts, depending on how long I am expected to live, but right now I would have to live to be far past 100 for this to be the middle of my life. That one sentence pretty much defines who I am right now—one foot firmly planted in my future (that is a completed step) and one foot still stretched across the void, touching the past. That toe-hold on the past is weakening in the face of my need for an ever-larger future to let me say at the end that I got what I wanted, at last.

A funny thing happens when that bridge is finally crossed and you are definitely on the “other side” of the midlife chasm. You look back as if from a ship at sea, the shore drifting farther, and farther away. Of course you are on a heading somewhere but many of us at this age don’t know our destination, or what unexpected port calls await us. It’s enough to still be sailing onward, able to feel the wind and spray, mentally and physically competent enough to understand all that you have come to know to be true (or false). And just as one at sea is relaxed and away from the craziness of everyday life, I am separated from the treadmill that was office life.

I am an artist, mother, grandmother and wife. I have lived multiple private lives but worked only in the arts, mixing portraiture with a few years as a technical illustrator at NASA and almost twenty years as a graphic artist in the town next to where I grew up.

My art now serves as a personal expression and love of artisanry. It’s a joy to work with color, light and form without constraint. I am most inspired by my ever-changing mood, be it love, anger, euphoria or depression. I love poetry and have been most inspired to create when I find those passages that reveal to me that I am not alone, that my exact thoughts have already been felt and recorded.

To sum it up, my art celebrates the heart—in hope, in pain, in love, in loss. My art is about passion. I believe the second half of life is risky, and that if you don’t find a passion, you will waste your only opportunity to have really lived. The first half was about survival. This half has to be about going for it with all my heart.

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Want more backstory about my life as an artist? Go HERE, and HERE.

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7 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi im a student learning about the arts of music
    i am in a band currently and we very soon are going to need an album cover. your painting entitled “this old man” realy caught my eye as it sums up what the band is about . mystery, wisdom and just plain freaky lol

    if you could email me back maybe we could work somthing out whereby
    we could use your painting for an album cover

    thankyou

  2. Hi Diana

    My name is Candida (Candy) Baker and I am a writer/journalist/photographer living near Byron Bay in Australia.

    I edit some Weekend arts pages for the local paper, and whilst I was googling dream art, came across your images, and this is just to tell you that I think they are beautiful, and as a 54 year-old mother of an 18-year-old boy and a nine (!) year old girl, I can identify with so many of your inside mosaic moods.

    Thank you!

    All the best.

    Candy

  3. Hi Candy,
    Thank you for writing. I really appreciate it that you took the time to let me know that my art resonates with you. My kids are a lot older than yours, LOL. You must have a lot of energy!

    My youngest lives in Australia right now, with her husband and my new granddaughter.
    (Surfers Paradise). Is Byron Bay the hip place she talks about? NIce…

    🙂 Thank you!
    Diana

  4. I edit some Weekend arts pages for the local paper, and whilst I was googling dream art, came across your images, and this is just to tell you that I think they are beautiful, and as a 54 year-old mother of an 18-year-old boy and a nine (!) year old girl, I can identify with so many of your inside mosaic moods.
    +1

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