Art show opens

A vibrant new Gracefield Arts Centre Café Gallery exhibition is running until April 21. In this show Diane Schofield’s bold abstract acrylic and watercolour paintings celebrate nature and the seasons of the year.

Now based in Gatehouse of Fleet, Diane completed a foundation year at Stourbridge College of Art and then studied graphic design at the London College of Printing for three years until 1974, but painting has always been her real passion.

Diane works in a sketchbook on a daily basis, making observational drawings, visual notes, experiments, paintings and even finished pieces. The books are an integral part of her work and often provide the inspiration for larger works.

Talking passionately about her work Diane says: “I believe that the skills involved in making art work are the medium to carry the emotional involvement I take to produce a finished piece. Making art, for me, is a passion; a heartfelt response to life experience, whether an actual event, an object, landscape, music or words. I am driven by a need to convey this belief through my work. This body of abstract work is the result of exploring the finding and making of lines through random discovery, deliberate construction and a combination of both using painting and collage.”

Diane’s work can be viewed during the arts centre from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. For directions and further programme details see www.dumgal.gov.uk/gracefield.