Through the lens and brush of Diane Williams
Diane Williams has a Masters degree in Art Education from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and has been teaching art and photography to high school students, and painting for over thirty years. During that time she continued to refine her artistic skills at the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Vancouver Academy of Art, and Sacramento's School of Light and Color.
She began her art career at the age of five with Saturday morning art classes. She remembers painting large murals with vibrant colors during those early childhood forays into the world of art. Her passion for color and boldness remains one of her trademarks.
At this time, her father, a professional photographer gifted her first "Brownie" camera when she was six. (Yes, it was brown!). "He introduced me to the concept of the rule of thirds, teaching me to place my ginger cat, into the one-third, not the middle of the photo." Williams' father made sure she received a rigorous training in classical photography, learning to focus on composition and the play of light.
Williams' work pulses with energy, color and light. Her true fascination is the dance between the human and the horse, which stands as the inspiration behind the movement and playfulness of each piece.
Her adventures have led her to the wild horses of Sable Island near Nova Scotia and recently to the wetlands of the Camargue with the semi-feral white horses in southern France. She furthers, "Through my lens and brush I paint to show the horse's spirit...so the viewer can glimpse the horse as soul."
Williams' art work has captured the imagination of viewers and collectors throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Her work has been featured in Solo shows throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Las Vegas and Texas. Her painting, "Blue Spirit" is on the set of the Alberta TV series, Heartland.