Lamma-zine Artist of this Month is a lady who's become well-known for her
imaginative, colourful, semi-abstract paintings of
cats in many poses. She used to live in the artist's loft high above Y2K
(see left), but has opened a proper studio in Central now (see right).
Still a full-time art teacher right now, she'll make the daring transition
to full-time painter in summer.
All the best of luck,
Check out her new online gallery and you can
notice that she has a much wider artistic range than most people ever
suspected; an amazingly wide range of techniques and subject matters, from
YSW harbour to pure abstracts. Most paintings are up for sale,
email Diane directly. Her official website is in progress by yours
truly, to be announced properly very soon.
Painting is a very important part of my personal
identity. I may move around, or my friends and family may circulate in
and out of my life, but I have cultivated a relationship and dialogue
with paint that I expect to continue for the rest of my life.
My focus is on the contemplative act of painting
and how contemplation can bring us closer to a sense of truth in life
and its creative mysteries. The act of painting definitely taps into
some kind of energy and I believe it is akin to a spiritual endeavor.
I am familiar with this now and that is what I love and am drawn to. I
enjoy the sensuousness of paint and prefer non-referential painting
more than pictures filled with a lot of content. However, I try not to
limit myself. Painting kind of reorganizes my brain cells (back to
normal) after daily exposure to the crazy world of consumerism and
My favorite artists are Franz Marc, Chardin,
Picasso and especially the quiet work of Giorgio Morandi. I enjoy
immersing myself in art history as it is enlightening to know what
others have done. But, in essence, painting is in response to one's
confrontation with existence. It is a great companion on the road of
About the paintings on this
All of the paintings here were done on Lamma in
the past 2 and a half years. They are examples of the main images I
usually focus on which include the stick figure icons, cats, and big
The sizes range from 8" x12" to 4' x 6'. Prices
start at $2000 and go to about $20,000. I am working on newer
abstracts that I am very excited about and are not shown here but will
be on the new website in April.
I am happy to show my work to anyone who may be
interested. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com and to make arrangements to visit my studio in
Central, Hong Kong.
(click to enlarge)
But there's no escape from the fact that
Diane has been creating some really amazing cat paintings, especially her
numerous serene "Blue Cats", plus an impressive collection of very