Diane Drescher


High Line Late Day

High Line Late Day

oil on linen
16 x 20 in. (unframed)

Highline 2

Highline 2

oil on canvas
16 x 22 in. (unframed)

Late Day Chelsea Market

Late Day Chelsea Market

oil on canvas
16 x 20 in. (unframed)

View of Gansevoort

View of Gansevoort

oil on canvas
16 x 20 in. (unframed)

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Contact with Nature is vital to my art. In these new works Nature acts as a foil to the iconic quality of man-made structures— she is even present in the Highline paintings where we see only a slim sliver of sky and a glimpse of green garden where a railroad track once carried meat to market.

In my paintings color is a compositional force. I use color as my primary vehicle for expressing form and exploring spatial relationships. I paint what I see but I am motivated by a painterly vision. The physicality of the paint and the personality of the brush strokes have equal importance with “getting it right”. The most honest art making for me is when I am completely responsive to the scene and the moment: to the changing light and conditions.

I love the tactile quality of the paint. My medium is oil paint on canvas which I feel is a superior means for expression of color and gesture.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and continued my art training at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, the Art Student’s League, and the National Academy of Fine Art in New York. Travels to Europe over a 10 year period for the purpose of researching design trends for commercial projects provided an ideal opportunity to view art in the museums of Paris, London, Florence, and Munich. As a result I refined my painting style by incorporating vivid colors, thick application of paint, and distinctive brush strokes.

For me painting is a journey that brings constant change and question. I draw inspiration from the works of Manet, and Cezanne, as well as Edward Hopper and David Park. My greatest goal is to be an honest, expressive painter.

I am a member of the Bowery Gallery in Chelsea. My first solo show at the gallery was in October 2012. My work has been exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows in NYC and the Hudson Valley. I am represented in private collections in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, California, and Pennsylvania.

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