ABOUT ME: Diane Marie
I'm an artist living on Madeline Island, in Lake Superior.
My first home on the island (in 1996) was a tent in the "town park". After that, I bought my own land, and fixed up an old schoolbus that I lived in for nine years. I later met and fell in love with another "import", and now (years later) we live in a recycled (2 X moved) old island house. In 2013, we purchased a 1974 GMC motorhome and spent the first of many winters to come, roaming and aimlessly exploring the warmer states. I paint and make jewelry and things along the way.
I collect things that I find on the beaches, as well as perfectly good stuff that people attempt to throw in the trash, and I often incorporate these things into my work. It's pretty off-beat, and not everyone "gets it". That's OK-- the ones that do often tend to be kindred spirits, and therefore friends!
I have been an artist since I was barely able to walk by myself. I got my start on a chalkboard that my parents leaned against a table on the floor, when they noticed my careful and prolonged scrutiny of pictures in National Geographic. My first drawing was a bin of potatoes, when I was studying the photos in an article about Idaho.
I paint in oil, acrylic, nailpolish, sharpie marker, layered spraypaint, and yarn. I also do collage, mosaic, multimedia, and mobiles. About four years ago, I started making jewelry from flotsam and jetsam beach treasure: small odd bits of metal hardware, pieces of driftwood, beach glass, ceramic and lake stones. I often incorporate all sorts of collected items such as hardware, copper electrical wire scraps, buttons and bits of vintage jewelry into all types of my work.
The jewelry I make features thing that I have found washed up on my beach walks, and in my travels. I like my work to speak of shipwrecks and abandoned places, and the things left behind by the people who lived there. Ghostly. Neglected, and a little haunted. There is beauty in that, I feel.
I am, to my knowledge, the ONLY official adopt-a-beach representative for the island, which means I have legal access to any beach I want to walk, but since there are only 290 people here for over half the year, it's really not a problem.
I dream in color, and much of the artwork I create comes from my dreams: I literally see it, already created, before I even begin to work on it. The problem is often trying to implement what I see, but I have yet to be stumped. The fact that I am known for creating art with odd found and salvaged objects often leads people to bring me strange items and challenge me to find a way to use it in my work. This adds to the fun and challenge of what I do.
I have a lifelong passion for reading and also writing--poetry, personal narrative, songwriting, and the occasional stand-up comedy routine. My brain is like a black lab--easily distracted, and always wandering off on some new adventure--and everything I do reflects that.
I am over 90% right-brained, according to all the "tests". Beyond creative venues, there is not much I'm good at, and true to right-brained form, I have absolutely NO sense of time.
I am also absurdly nocturnal.
BUT, I am a great person to tell your secrets to, because I am a visual person, and seldom remember what I hear.
OH, and, I make really GOOD pie.
Painting "plein aire" street-side in the Santa Fe gallery district, November 2013. Painting in photo is "Trinidad Butte". I also painted "Aztec Sun" and "Up and Down the avenue", and started "Three Crows" and "Flight of the Thunderbird" while in Santa Fe. (see paintings page)