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Diane Way

Biography: 

                                                     

          I was born in Montreal, Que. in 1958 and spent most of my youth enjoying its diversity, rich history and culture.  As a young girl I was moved by the joy in my father’s eyes as he drew portraits of family members. He inspired me to put pencil to paper. 

          In 1980 after earning a BSc degree from Concordia University in Montreal I moved to Jasper, Ab.  My intention was to stay for the summer but discovered a wonderful contrast in scenery as well as lifestyle from the city life I had known.   I then spent over two decades of my life experiencing much of what the mountain culture had to offer.  Married to a railroader and raising children in what at times could be an isolated environment nudged me into exploring my creative side.  It is at this point that I reintroduced myself to drawing. Courses in watercolour with local artists Phyllis Jeffreys and Barb Brooks lead to a desire to record in watercolour the magnificent and rugged beauty of the area.

           I have now been a resident of St. Albert, Ab. for a decade and am moved by the opportunities to paint the wide open prairie landscapes as well as the more urban and architectural scenes surrounding me. I have always had a keen interest in portraits and am increasingly drawn to exploring the contemporary still life genre.

                                              

                                                              Artist Statement

 

 When I put paint to paper it’s like the start of an adventure, a road trip.  I enjoy the anticipation of hitting the wide open paper, I pack my imagination and grab my vision and start the creative journey. The watercolour painting process, like an excursion, can sometimes take me down some unexpected routes, at times bringing to light some wonderful sights and other times forcing me to ask for directions.  The mystery of the journey is what keeps me hooked.  Like a vacation I begin by thoroughly planning my paintings almost rehearsing in my mind the route I will take.  This allows me to be very expressive in my paint application, enjoying the spontaneous nature of water media.  Learning to go with the flow, finding joy in the twists and turns of the trip and even getting lost all provide me with a thrill!  If I reach the destination in my art work that’s great but the important thing is to enjoy the ride!

 

 

                                                             Select Exhibitions

 2011         Trees a Crowd- VASA Studio Gallery- St. Albert, Ab.

2011          The 32nd Banff Centre Midsummer Ball Exhibit and Auction, Banff Centre.

2011           Live, Work and Play-Articulture-Governor Generals Awards Exhibit, St. Albert, AB.

2010           Oil & Water- Monk & Way-VASA Studio Gallery, St. Albert, AB

2010           Landmarks of St. Albert-VASA Group Show-Studio Gallery, St. Albert, AB.

2009           Open Water- CSPWC-Juried Show, Leighton Centre, Calgary, and AB.  

2009           Edmonton’s Capital Ex-Northwest Originals Gallery

2008           New Works- Solo Show- Mountain Galleries at Fairmont JPL, Jasper, AB.

2008           Tuktu prayers- Group Show-Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, AB.

2005           Here and There- Solo Show- Studio Gallery, St. Albert, AB.

2001           Tis the Season- Solo Show- Mountain Foods/Artists Own, Jasper, AB

1997           Jasper Memories-Solo Show- Artists Own Gallery, Jasper, AB

1996           Jasper Collection-Group Show-Ortona Gallery, Edmonton, AB