pastel paintings by
May 8 – June 20, 2015
Opening Reception: May 8, 7 to 10 pm
Most of the paintings you see in this show are my expression of how I see & feel about the natural world. I appreciate the beautiful diversity of the world, as well as its order & logic. I’ve been painting outside for about 13 years and it has increased my observation skills but has also provided an awareness of the spiritual quality of the landscape. The idea that each person is unique and important is mirrored in nature among oaks & sycamores, winter & summer, and little cats & big cows!
Painting outside lets you see light and color in their true appearance and also the atmospheric feeling of a scene. It’s not always comfortable but so worth the sun, wind, rain, frozen hands, and hat hair. You meet people from all over the world because you’re doing something that speaks without words.
There are a number of artists whose work has been influential and continues to teach me…Andrew Wyeth, Claude Monet, Wolf Kahn, and the California Impressionists.
I hope you enjoy these recent works.
Diane Grguras has a B.S. in Medical Illustration from The Ohio State University and an A.S. in Scientific Illustration from San Bernardino Valley College (CA). She completed an internship in medical illustration at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in East Orange, New Jersey. She has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator and is a member of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists’ League, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, and the North Hills Art Center. She has taught local art classes for adults and children.
Her work in pastel is in the plein aire tradition, and considers color temperature and the effect of light.
She has won awards in many local shows and is represented by the Gallery on 43rd Street, in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh.
For more information and to see her recent work go to www.dianegrguras.com .