Diane L. Nelson

My current work is a series of mixed media figurative paintings incorporating the human form into microscopic images and imaginary environments. My paintings combine classical drawing with contemporary sensibility.  As I strive for beauty in my work, I am drawn as well to themes of power, freedom and dynamic movement.

At times, I challenge the observer to determine whether the figure is on the surface or beneath it.  Are these cellular patterns a revealing view of inner structures or merely a surface element?  Some of my figures attempt to break through real or imagined limitations to a more realized state of being and self-expression. They often present a fusion of mental and physical states, a celebration of mind, body, and aliveness.

My creative process begins with digitally created images using the computer as a painting tool, pushing the pixels like paint and creating virtual digital brush strokes.  This original digital imagery is completed by selective application of paint over ink pigment printed on canvas.

Many diverse influences shape my work.  I am inspired by the technical skill of Renaissance Masters; Surrealists like Magritte and Dali, who combined dreamlike qualities with their own awareness of the environment; and the spontaneity of contemporary artists who surprise us with unusual visual metaphors.  Lastly, I am enriched by the anatomical and microscopic knowledge I gained from my years as a medical illustrator.  These images, patterns and colors stored away from long ago, often push their way to the surface.

Each work in the series is 24″ X 30″, vertical or horizontal.

Website: www.dianenelsonstudio.com