About the Artist
Diane Novetsky is a founding member of the Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville, MA, one of the oldest living and working artists’ communities in the country. With a BA in Painting from Wayne State University and an MFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin, Ms. Novetsky has been the Creative Director of Nova Design for almost twenty years. She also has extensive experience teaching art, drawing, and painting in public schools and at Wayne State and Syracuse Universities.
She will be participating in the annual Somerville Open Studios the weekend of May 3-4, 2014 at her Vernon Street Studio. Her work is included in many corporate
and private collections throughout New England.
The artist’s work is built up in many layers of translucent paint, applied to emphasize the textural surface of the painting. The effect is one of lush landscapes where land and sea meet. These paintings arise from an intuitive process of work; rather than direct observation. The show’s title, “Remembered Light” refers to the importance of memory in forming the direction of each piece, along with the artist’s “conversation with the work in progress.”
Painting is my way of giving form and color to the invisible.
It is a process that is both additive and subtractive–building layer upon layer of paint on canvas, allowing some elements to become more prominent, while others are buried beneath.
As an abstract painter, my work evolves intuitively from an inner cache of dreams, half-forgotten memories, and fleeting glimpses of everyday life. The core of each painting’s meaning lies in the “conversation” I have with the work in progress. I begin
with an idea or direction, but the work will suggest for me where to go from there – as long as I am in tune with the conversation. My paintings invite the viewer to trace this
dialogue and to participate in its creation.
My paintings are built up in layers–like the strata of the earth–using a variety of acrylic based mediums. Some of my work employs the motif of a landscape to explore the ephemeral and changing nature of life. The beauty of shifting light, the passage of time and the elusiveness of memory often come into play.
I also use a landscape motif as a meditation on our quest for the spiritual. In this domain of water, sky and earth the viewer can seek refuge from a chaotic world. My hope is that the viewer can follow me in my creative journey, uncovering signs and landmarks I have left along the way.
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