Over the past 30 years, Diane Eugster has many subjects that have found their way into her paintings, but the one that holds the most intrigue is the human form.
“In my Las Vegas studio, any given day starts out with shuffling through thousands of reference photos…I’ve taken," says Eugster. "Not a photographer by any means, learning how to handle various lights, lenses and gels has opened up a world of possibilities to help build narratives for my paintings.” The artist searches until a spark ignites. A sketch pad and stick of charcoal will soon reveal if that spark can become a fire.
“When fusing a figure within an open-ended story,” Eugster continues, “the goal is to draw the viewer in, to complete their version of what’s unfolding. The canvas comes down from the shelf—the start. This is always the most difficult part. Up until this point, there has been a lot of planning; what do I want to say, what shapes, lines and colors will best express my intent? But the paint is unpredictable, some areas may not live up to my expectations, others may thrill me. It’s an ongoing challenge of balancing harmonious color and flowing design while keeping the texture and variety interesting. This is what brings me back over and over again.”
Collectors can find Eugster’s new work at Meyer Vogl Gallery, where she will be featured alongside artist Andrew Portwood in a show called Bright Ideas, from June 1 to 30. —
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