the artist

Artist's Statement

In 2002, after 30 years spent raising a family and pursuing a career in psychotherapy, I rediscovered the joys of painting. The moment I put pigment and water to paper I knew that I had found the medium that would challenge and delight me for a long time. Finding the sweet spot between controlling the paint and allowing the water to make its own decisions is what keeps me continually fascinated.

Painting has changed the way I look at the world, both in my neighborhood and in my travels around the globe. I paint primarily from photographs taken while strolling in my city, visiting farmer’s markets, and touring villages and towns in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. I see the effects of light and shadow on natural forms and want to interpret them with paint and paper. I love the white highlights that sunlight creates, as well as the many shades of black in nature’s shadows. Sometimes I enjoy rendering images as realistically as possible, but often imagination mixes with memory to interpret the photos in a new way.

I am not always sure in which direction the painting will take me after I begin the process. I am continually exploring different approaches to painting as my personal style evolves. Watercolor is a medium which provides an infinite number of opportunities for experimentation and exploration, a good metaphor for how I chose to live my life.

–Diana Cohen