Up to 15 years ago, all of Dian’s photographic art pieces were created in her black and white chemistry darkroom. She liked to hand-color her black and white photographs and experiment with double exposures, toners, different papers, etc. When she discovered what she could achieve using Photoshop, she converted everything over to digital. Images which proved difficult to produce using chemicals, could more easily be done through the computer.
She now scans negatives and slides-both black and white and color. Then, using Photoshop’s many tools (and other imaging programs), she explores shapes and colors in the image, moving pieces around, adding or changing colors, deleting and adding parts of the same image or borrowing from other images until it is aesthetically pleasing to her. She has recently added to her tools a digital SLR so that scanning is sometimes eliminated from her process.
‘Each photo starts as a visual thought, and after much experimentation, the computer allows me to transform my photographs into images as fluid and beautiful as paintings.’
Digital photography not only offers her the challenge of learning how to use the tools, but also the challenge of understanding its artistic potential; she is able consequently to share the magic of the final picture with her audience.
After taking drawing, pastel, and watercolor classes, she is now able to express her pictorial thoughts using different textured papers and mediums.
The source of most of her paintings is a photograph, taken by her, computerized and then painted on paper using as her tools, graphite, acrylic, pastel and watercolor.