Mt. Mansfield Union High School Fine Arts Department
January 18 - February 18
Instructors: Cyndi Listernik, Jon Harris, Greg Pajala
Closing reception Sunday, February 18 1- 3 pm
Among the complex layers of life I enjoy discovering the hidden gems of visual beauty and from them creating photographs. The natural world is a special realm because so much of it exists with inherently satisfying harmony.
When I see this kind of balance in my viewfinder, I know I’ve found a visual treasure—lines may lead my eye to a focal point or colors might compel me to stop and see an unfolding moment or a hidden mystery revealed. In those moments I’m aware I’m seeing treasures.
Whether that moment simply appears or I go searching, whether in nature or in our built environment, I do my best work when I’m open and receptive to seeing exactly what is in front of me. With my camera I sort the elements—light, shapes, colors, textures—into images that I find simple, satisfying and exciting. Then the click of the camera’s shutter frames a photograph that brings pleasure and inspires me to learn to see even more of our world.
One of the joys of living in Vermont is the natural world is always so nearby and accessible anytime of the year—especially a delight for a photographer! I hope my work inspires you to get out and experience more of the amazing world we live in.
Dianne’s childhood years were spent in the mid-west. She was educated at Purdue University and majored in art and physical education. After living in the Chicago area for eleven years her family moved to Vermont. This was the pivotal change in her career from teaching to doing art full time.
She grew up in a household where clothes, curtains, and quilts were made rather than purchased. Her mother was a fashion designer and seamstress so there were always fabrics available for her art projects. Her journey as an artist started with sumi watercolor classes at the Evanston Art Center then gravitated to fiber after she took a trapunto quilting class. She continued to experiment with textiles, and quickly evolved to her current technique of layered fabric collage.
Dianne’s love for the outdoors has always stimulated her artwork. She spends a portion of every day pursuing some form of physical activity, regardless of the weather. The outdoor environment exposes treasures for gathering, or displays its personality for her to photograph or draw.
The year is divided creating fiber collage in the winter and colored pencil drawings in the summer. Dianne has a wonderful studio and gallery on her property in Vermont and a tree house art studio on Lake Michigan.