Western Iowa

DIANE BRUCE
Western Iowa, Pastel, 18" x 24"

Of her work, Diane Bruces say, "Many years ago I was given a large set of pastels. For years I would dabble with the pastels and put them away, going back to pen and ink, conte and oil paints. Those were the mediums that I had had experience with in college and pastels weren't considered the medium to work in at the time. This past year I faithfully took out the set of pastels and decided that it was now or never.

What I have found was that the pastel allow me to experience what I enjoy in the other mediums all wrap into one. One gets the color of oils, the texture of pen and ink and the physical feel of being involved with applying the pastels on paper is in many ways like working with clay…it gives one the satisfaction of touching and manipulating the work of art.

I have always had a hard time with artist's statements because at my age people think I should have a well-established theme and consistency. I don't.  For me the overall idea is to create a work of art that can stand alone and it needs to be a learning experience. When one no longer learns, one has died artistically.

The subject matter of my art remains the same as I have always found an emotional connection with life and life in landscapes. I use photographs I have taken as inspiration for many of the works of art. Landscapes as the world, place the human as an integral part not separate, much like a Sung dynasty painting. After watching a science program on the galaxy, I started to use the cosmos and outer space because it too is nature only much more immense. The cosmos had so many beautiful colors and dynamic patterns one can't help but wonder. It is the hope that people enjoy a piece of artwork and find wonder always."

text and image from The Chait Galleries Downtown

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on October 28, 2010

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