|DIANE ELLIOTT BRUCKNER
always been a part of my life. I first started drawing when I was two years
old. My favorite subjects then were bumble bees, bird Wandflowers - and they
still fascinate me today. Many interests (especially working with computers)
took me off the path of pursuing art as a career, but I always returned - each
time with more enthusiasm than before. I am now a full-time artist and will be
for the rest of my life.
For many years I was a scenic artist, painting scenery for many of the theaters in Cleveland, Ohio. Although I enjoyed working on the huge 40' by 60' canvases there was never a need, or time, to do any detail work. I longed for the day when I could go back to using my favorite mediums of pencil, pen and ink, and charcoal, and to the fine detail work I loved so much. That day came in 1990 when I established my business, "America's Most Endangered," and decided to spend the rest of my life drawing and painting endangered species. My favorite medium is oils, and I usually always paint on hardboard. Hardboard, or amazonite, can be gessoes and sanded to a smooth glass finish -great for those fine details that I love to do.
Recently, I discovered the Wacom tablet. A tool you can use to produce a painting using a computer as your canvas and palette. There are many "painting" software programs available and the results are amazing. To me the most frustrating process of painting with oils has always been centered around the "wait" time. After perfecting the composition and the under painting (which takes a considerable amount of time) you have to "wait" until the painting is dry to continue. Not only that, usually there is a period of time when a painting looks horrible due to the lack of details and shadows. Not so with this method as color variations, lighting properties and textures can be applied or removed instantly. You can create the entire piece on the computer or create the perfect color sketch for a traditional painting with oils. I am thrilled with this new technique and the possibilities.
Education is a vital component of my art. Since learning the plight of the California condor many years ago, I have made my mission to help people understand the importance and the significance of the wildlife on our planet. All my artwork is sold, and displayed, with the most current information available on the species from the Division of Wildlife. My greatest reward comes from the feedback and encouragement to keep on, keeping on that I receive at every show I attend.
I found my niche doing art festivals and participate nationally in over 20 shows each year. Besides enjoying painting, traveling and art festivals - I love to write. Currently, I am the California State Reporter for Sunshine Artist Magazine, a national art show publication. I am the editor of an online newsletter on Festivalnet.com, and the editor of the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild newsletter. I am also on the board of the OACG as an advisor, the Wildlife Artist Association in Southern California as a reporter, and webmaster for the Santa Clarita Artists' Association.
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