All Eyes On: Diana Bresson

Diana Bresson

My work is inspired by nature, and most of all, trees. I have been automatically painting trees for the past 10 years. The method is carried out by palette knife, occasionally by brush, with quick emotive strokes. There is faint underpainting or sketch at the start, and many times I begin painting on a blank white canvas. The process takes several layers of acrylic paint, leaving trace evidence of the first. Bold, bright colors with thick application are used to translate light and movement.

American painter Diana Bresson for Suboart Magazine 2022
Painting of a pink tree by emerging artist Diana Bresson
Tree No. 12, 2019
Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16 x 1.5 inches
Painting of a blue tree thick emotive brush strokes
Tree No. 37, 2019
Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 x 1.5 inches
Green tree painting with palette knife
Tree No. 21, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 10 x 1.5 inches

From a young age, Diana has been inspired by nature and everyday life to create art. During middle school, she was given a scholarship to participate in a life drawing workshop. This was where she first learned how to use charcoal, and began to understand the basics of drawing and composition. After completing every high school art class available, she decided to further her art career in college.

While studying at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she interned at the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery. She gained invaluable experience learning how to market and set up art shows, and entered her work in several shows, as well. She also assisted a professor with a large scale wire macrame installation work; made the wire macrame rope and helped with the install. Diana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, focused in Painting, in 2011.

In 2012, she moved to Boston. While she worked in a downtown cafe, she organized art shows at the cafe with her own artwork, as well as other local artists. In 2013, one of her paintings was published in the Stories We Tell exhibition catalog, presented by the Women’s Caucus for Art at the Phoenix Gallery in New York City. Like a true nomad, she has moved all over the country in the last 10 years, and has recently settled in coastal South Carolina. Diana works in her home studio with her husband and three tiny dogs.

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