Diane Fairfield

Diane Fairfield

AZ, United States

About Diane Fairfield

Art can make the invisible visible. My passion is expressing the majesty and mystery, beauty and truth that are revealed through natural and spiritual realms.

Life in the intoxicatingly beautiful “big sky” environment in southeast AZ speaks of majesty and mystery and for me inspires the creation of contemporary expressionistic landscapes which often evolve into abstractions.

I love the words of Master Painter George Inness who lived in the 1800’s: "I had begun to see that elaborateness in detail, did not gain me meaning.... and produce the sense of spaces and distances and with them the subjective mystery of nature with which wherever I went I was filled. ... I gave way to my impulses and produced sentiments the best I could. . . "

To convey the impressions of glory I see all around, I work loosely rather than in detail, using large tools, rarely brushes, and broad strokes to keep the work free, loose and expressive. With oils as my primary medium, I layer over acrylics for depth, often adding materials for texture. Spontaneity is key. Some work incorporates light interactive materials - films splitting light into its spectral colors and sparkling metallic elements. The materials both contrast and complement the luscious paints. A new, dynamic, interactive experience is created as colors and effects change depending on light and viewer’s angle. Painting is an interactive experience requiring sensitivity to what is happening on the canvas as well as in my spirit in order to make the invisible visible.

Education

Art major in college; continuing studies since then at a variety of art institutions in New England and Arizona. She continues to study through her own research and exploration. Currently represented at Firefly Gallery in Tucson, AZ; 55 Main Gallery in Bisbee, AZ; Xanadu Studio Artists in Scottsdale, AZ, exhibits & shows in 2001 - current day. Numerous awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017.

Exhibitions

2017: Solo Show, The Fountains @ La Cholla, Tucson, AZ
Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery, juried show “Tiny Works”, Phoenix, AZ
2016: Sonoran Small Works Art Show, juried, Cave Creek, AZ
Habitat for Humanity juried show, Tucson, AZ
Mesch, Clark, Rothchild, juried show, Tucson, AZ
Herberger Theater Center University Club Gallery, juried show, Phoenix, AZ
Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery, Nature Nurtures Us, Phoenix, AZ
Tubac Center of the Arts, Members Open, Tubac, AZ
Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery, juried show, “Give Color to Your Life”, Phoenix, AZ
Tubac Center for the Arts, juried show, “Wish You Were Here”, Tubac, AZ
Avondale City Hall, Avondale, AZ, juried show, Avondale, AZ
Tucson International Airport Solo Exhibition, juried show, Tucson, AZ
2015: Solo Exhibition, juried show, Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Solo Exhibition, juried show, Nook Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
Tucson International Airport Solo Exhibition, juried show, Tucson, AZ
Southwestern Invitational, juried show, Yuma Fine Arts Assn., Yuma, AZ
2014: Raices Taller Gallery, juried show, Chubasco, Tucson, AZ
Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery, juried show, The Ways of Water, Phoenix, AZ
Contents Interiors, juried show, Adventures in Desert Living, Tucson, AZ
The Drawing Studio “Beauty of the Beast”, , Tucson, AZ
2013: Tucson Museum of Art, juried show, Art on Tap, Tucson, AZ
The Shemer Art Center and Museum, juried show, Animal Other Exhibit, Phoenix, AZ,
Tucson Pima Arts Council, juried show, Pioneer Building Exhibit, Tucson, AZ
Solo Exhibition Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Art Gallery, juried, Tucson, AZ
Contents Interiors, juried show, Art for Contemporary Desert Living, Tucson, AZ
2012: College of Saint Elizabeth, curated show, Holy Lives Exhibit, Morristown, NJ
Light Space & Time Art Gallery, Juried Open Competition,
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and CCSG, “The View from Here”, Paso Robles, CA
SAACA/TCI, Juried Contemporary and Abstract Show, in Tucson, AZ
2011: Light Space & Time Art Gallery, juried Open Exhibit
Contents Interiors, juried show, Adventures in Art Tucson, AZ
2010: Ventana/SAACA Exhibition & Competition, Juried, Tucson, AZ
Bisbee Fine Art and Framing, Bisbee, AZ
Art Has No Borders Show and Auction, Bisbee, AZ
2009: Dinnerware Artspace, “Luminous Landscapes”, Tucson, AZ
SWAN DAY Event, Bisbee, AZ