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exhibiting at:  4 Abbots Way, Ayr, KA7 2EY

Dianne Gardner

Email: dianneagardner@gmail.com

Phone: 01292 864934

Address: 4 Abbots Way, Ayr, KA7 4EY

I endeavour to create a sense of place and time rather than a realistic or photographic image

The Artists bio

I came to live and work in Ayrshire in 1972. I paint mainly landscape, and the countryside in this part of Scotland is a main source of inspiration. Quite often I work to a theme, for example last Winter I used my daily walk to the shore to provide the subject matter. Still life is another subject which I enjoy and recently I have been incorporating pattern and printing into these works. My influences are eclectic; the watercolours of Charles Rennie Macintosh,Henri Matisse, Paul Klee and the landscapes of David Hockney to name just a few.

I paint mainly with Acrylics exploiting their unique ability to provide very thin layers of subtle colour and luminosity. A mixed media approach using charcoal, graphite ink and crayon enables me to experiment. I believe that real creativity demands this type of approach. My paintings are atmospheric and evocative, layers of memory floating just under the surface. I endeavour to create a sense of place and time rather than a realistic or photographic image.

I have my own studio at home and paint on a very regular basis paying great attention to composition and to drawing. I enjoy the ambiguity of form and am fascinated by the actual process of painting. The use of line enables me to add a further dimension to my work. I seek to create paintings which are original but at the same time accessible to the viewer, abstracted work demands a fine balance which is difficult to achieve. My finished pieces are completed in the studio based on sketch book and close observational resources. I always take my sketch book on holiday and you can view some of these on my Pinterest site along with recent paintings.

I am an elected artist member of The Glasgow Society of Women Artists and my work can be seen in the Framework Gallery in Troon and in the Edinburgh Drawing School Gallery. I enjoy entering the major Open submission exhibitions in Scotland and , in the past, have had work accepted for The Paisley Art Institute, The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art and the Society of Scottish Artists in Edinburgh.
In addition I have participated in group shows in the following galleries, The Maclaurin Gallery in Ayr, The Lillie Gallery,The Stirling Smith Gallery, The Glasgow Art Club and The RGI Kelly Gallery. In 2010 I won The Miller Art Prize at the North Ayrshire Open and in 2013 The Artist Surfaces Award at the Maclaurin Open.

As a Curator for The Maclaurin Trust, helping to devise an annual programme I am very privileged to have access to art and artists from all over Britain and beyond. I feel that this experience has really helped me to develop my own work.