Diana Zasadny

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Diana Zasadny

My paintings evolve from fragments of memory, through exploring, walking and absorbing the landscape. My aim is to distill these adventures into artwork, sharing my enjoyment of the natural world. Each piece I create seeks the heart and soul of our region.

Graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary in 1991, I continue to explore and engage in creative practice. Living in southern Alberta I paint onsite or in my studio, located in a re-purposed rural school in the heart of the prairies, McNally Artist Studios.  While driving from home to studio, I observe the surrounding fields and the light of the seasons. The location provides uninterrupted focus and ample space to create large, energizing paintings which drive my practice.

My medium is acrylic paint on stretched canvas. The painting style uses large washes of paint in a method similar to watercolor painting, developing a rich palette and visual depth. Layers of paint are stabilized by acrylic medium and are finalized with a protective coating of archival varnish.

Exploring southern Alberta and Saskatchewan primarily, I sketch, photograph and paint on site, learning about the color, light and spirit of the area. Aiming to express the essence of earth, land and sky, the changing light and expansive quality. The bright, airy atmosphere of the prairies and the rich earthy tones of forests, attract my eyes and heart.