Diana Bradford Art
Diana loves to be inspired by nature, be it in the walks she does with her husband and three Samoyed dogs or being inspired by the textures and colours of bark, lichen, plants, stones, light and shadow of the forests and beach areas. She enjoys working in mix media and has recently started experimenting with earth pigments, natural dyes and collecting items she finds as she forages Her art is mainly abstract expressionism but she also does design work for her textile printed scarves and shawls.
Vibrant Colours in Abstract Expressionism Paintings
Diana uses dyes,acrylic and oil paints to establish bright,translucent and vibrant colours and incorporates mix media in layers over her work. These colours come from her time living in South Africa and Mauritius. The cultures of these countries influenced her in application as well as the patterns and marks. She often brings in animals,birds and insects into her work.
Natural Earth Pigments and Dyes
Her most recent work has come about from memories as a child, crushing ocher's, mixing with water and painting on rocks. She also delighted in batik work and using natural dyes on fabric so she has brought this into her art by using these methods on paper and fabric. She makes her own paints from earth pigments and her natural dyes are made from her garden, surrounding areas and from the kitchen. They are softer earthy tones and are beautiful in their own right.
Diana has used a camera since the age of 9 when her parents gave her an instant Kodak camera. She still loves to capture the beauty of nature and then uses some of these images in her textile work. She sometimes brings her photography into her paintings too.