Mixed Media on Canvas
For Diane Giles, making art has been an ongoing process of learning and discovery derived from life experiences. It is an evolution of ideas and methods greatly influenced by many years of living, working, and traveling abroad, particularly Asia. Chinese and Japanese brush painting played a large part in her early work. Later, after a move to London, where she resided and worked for many years, she became interested in figurative work, which she continues today. Retiring from her interior design business in the 1995 she was able to attend art classes at the many art schools in London. It was during this time that painting the figure became of interest. Her work has been influenced by many figurative painters, particularly the California Expressionists, such as Manuel Neri, Nathan Olivera and David Park.
Since moving to Santa Barbara, 14 years ago, Diane has been working in acrylic and mixed media. While her paintings are figurative, they are also interpretive. The goal is to not portray the figure realistically, but to interpret the subject by creating images with shape, line, color and texture. The intent is to get the paint working on the surface, rather than in the details of anatomy and allow the viewer to use their own imagination about what is portrayed. Through this method, the paintings suggest a mystery about the figure.
Giles continues to show her work in juried shows at various galleries in Santa Barbara. She has had solo shows at CASA gallery in 2009 and Porch Gallery in 2014. Her work can also be viewed on a rotating basis, at 10 West Gallery (10 West Anapamu Street) in Santa Barbara.