Dianne Martia

Dianne Martia is an award-winning mixed media artist who has exhibited internationally. She began painting at the age of 6 after receiving oil paints and an easel as a gift. Throughout her youth she attended art classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art, while also studying classical piano for 12 years.

Dianne graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in Graphic/Fine/Craft Arts from Columbia College Chicago. During that time she studied under Ed Paschke, Phyllis Bramson, Fred Berger, and Vera Berdich. She went on to study medical illustration at the University of Illinois, and earned an M.A.M.S. degree in Biocommunication Art.

Dianne works with oil and cold wax medium, acrylic, and collage; and in 2010 she created a field sculpture on 5 acres of farmland in Oregon, Illinois. For 8 years she facilitated an art studio and media lab for adults with developmental challenges. She currently teaches classes and workshops, and enjoys jurying and judging exhibitions. Her work is in private and corporate collections. You can see her work at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, and b Gallery in Highlands, North Carolina.

Artist Statement
I always felt art was something that linked our essence with our physical being. Whatever I express in my work — ideas, memories, emotions, feelings — I express in subtle ways through color, form, symbols, relationships or contrasts. These things seduce our attention through a silent language that we all speak.

Time and space have always intrigued me, and are often depicted in my work through imagery, surface treatment, or the layering of objects and textures. I often combine contemporary elements with ancient script or symbols to hint of arcane knowledge and the cycle of new emerging from old. I apply the media to build layer upon layer, bringing the final image into focus while creating a historical record of each layer. My process is of adding and subtracting to the layers, covering up or exposing sections.

The connective field of energy that I believe surrounds everything finds its way into my work through overlapping planes, transparent images and intermingling colors. the works assume a meditative nature that translates as timeless yet ephemeral. My ideas come from many sources, and I often don’t know how a painting will develop. My current focus is on place, characterized by landscape. The concept of “place” having “being” intrigues me. Like the layering that happens in my work — light, atmosphere, time, space and events all imprint their energy into place, so that each encounter with it evokes a sense of both familiarity and mystery.