Canadian artist Di was born in Vancouver in 1984 and developed her unique
painting style after graduating from Simon Fraser University as an
Archaeological Illustrator. Restricted by technical details and colourless
inks in 2012 she broke free into the world of acrylic paint. Completely
self-taught her style evolved through the exploration of using bright solid
colors and flowing lines to reduce the endless detail of life into calming,
Di’s body of work includes illustration, digital art and acrylic paintings.
She has been shown in galleries on Bowen Island, Vancouver and in private
collections across North America. Recently she created two 360° murals for
the BC Children’s Hospital and was co-exhibitor in ‘The Art of
Conservation’; an exhibition to raise funds and awareness for wildlife
conservation in British Columbia. Di works from her home studio on Bowen
Island where she is often found exploring land and sea with her husband,
daughter and two dogs. Current works can be found at the Catching Stars
Gallery or online at www.artbydi.ca
Beauty of nature is the key inspiration behind Di’s contemporary west coast
acrylic paintings. With a focus on light, color and movement Di seeks to
reduce the endless detail of life into simple form and palette, allowing
viewers’ imaginations to fill in details of time and place. The artist sees
herself as a filter; passing images repeatedly through the lens of her mind
as she translates the world around her.
Not bound by any school or tradition she simply creates what pulls at her
heart until it is put down on canvas. Starting with a scene or composite
image she peels back layers of detail, emboldens color and smooths shapes
until she is ready to transfer onto canvas. By adding thin layers of a
single acrylic color she builds until the medium is opaque yet smooth-
showing the texture of the canvas below. Clean lines are achieved by a
steady hand and are one of the most consistent features of her compositions.
Much of Di’s focus is on the unique species that inhabit the coastlines of
British Columbia. Growing up on the west coast she has developed an intimate
connection with forest, mountains, sea and the animals that call it home.
She clearly conveys this reverence for nature in her paintings, highlighted
by her commitment to bringing attention to nature conservation.
The artist lives and works on Bowen Island, Canada.