Diane Barbee

"I am drawn to the qualities in my work that inspire my life. I like my work to exude strength in composition, color and texture. I employ bold brush strokes and will define objects with line to give them power. My compositions are straight forward, my color is brilliant and the line is strong. I enjoy the freedom of subject matter my philosophy allows. I love the unexpected. As many different subjects as I choose to paint, there is always the boldness, the honesty and the surprise that connects my work, my spirit. Life is full of wonder and surprise, I am an eternal optimist. I try to convey that energy in every painting I create. I feel as though I will explode with exuberance at times and I want others to feel that too, through my work."