Diana Armfield RA HNEAC Hon RWS Hon PS RWA (Emeritus) paints subjects that enhance life and need cherishing ... protecting.
Diana paints subjects that enhance life and need cherishing . . . protecting. She searches out a harmony from the chosen scene to share with others. Painting seems to make the subject permanently special for her.
"Of course life receives powerful negative forces as well as positive, but unless a harmony is achieved in the work, it can’t be art, only just a reflection of life. Great artists can reconcile in their work both the positive and negative."
For Diana, it stretches her talent enough to learn from her subject and attempt to order it into something meaningful that enriches life.
Method of Working
Diana works in several media; each can influence the method. Working outside, response to the subject is paramount. Once the choice of toned support and boundaries acknowledged, the scene itself will seem to dictate what follows. Back in the studio, the outcome will get a long appraisal. If then developed in the studio, her emphasis shifts to thoughts of geometry, memory, imagination, possibly a drawing will come into play. Flowers are seldom static. At first she will attempt to establish dominant blooms against precise indications of the more stable elements; exhilarating, sometimes despairing, rarely abandoned! Pastels, usually based on sketchbook drawings; they seem to her, appropriate for town or café scenes. Figures, dogs get added from memory, imagination, or the sketchbook. They become alive to her, developing personalities and situations, rather in the way that characters in novels do for authors. Observed drawing underpins all her work.