Marina Diaz

Portrait by: Gene Sasse 2013

Her studio is filled with her paintings, drawings and creative tools; upon reflection Marina says “Having my things all over the house...creates a continuity of creativity for me”, and you indeed notice her signature throughout her living space. Easels full, stacks of paintings and series completed or in the developmental stages…she likes to look at and focus on the small details of the process, the pieces that make up the whole, in her art as well as her life.

When creating, she will begin with a simple line and let the art unfold as it will. When referring to oils she says “I feel like I am sculpting, I am not drawing on a flat surface, I am sculpting in my mind. I go around the subject; I see it from all sides” She pulls her figures out through color. It’s a free flowing process for Marina, who revels in highlights, high contrasts, and dark shadows. And color. Always color.

Picking up a skein of brightly colored yarn Marina says “I love to untangle things... I love the outcome.” Her art reveals the working out of a mystery, and shows us her passion to connect with those around her, and when faced with the tangles of life, she looks to the stars to find balance, and prepares to be amazed.

Severe Peace Series 2013 | 24x18 chalk pastel drawing | 192.15.03
Severe Peace Series 2013| 24x18 chalk pastel drawing | 241.15.03
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Pam | 24x18 chalk pastel drawing | 193.15.03