My journey in painting started in oils 40+ years ago, but I soon discovered Batik Painting as a unique art form in the 1970's. My teacher of this ancient art form, that involves a long process of dyeing and waxing cottons and silks, was an artist from India who pioneered Batik as a fine art. This art form proved to be unique and challenging for me for many years.
I began a teaching career as an early childhood educator about 35 years ago, and brought my love of art into the classrooms of 4 yr. olds. At the same time, my art was evolving. Batik painting was replaced by acrylic collage painting, wherein I explored the play of materials, fibers, photos, and silks with paint. The process of layering and textures was somewhat like the challenging layerings of batik, but with the added element of achieving surprisingly unique textural effects.
A career of of teaching art to children has continually inspired me to be more adventurous with my own art process, and so I find my style evolving once again. When teaching children, my favorite expression has always been "let's see what magic happens if.....".
Living and working in NYC and spending summers in Westerly, Rhode Island, I am inspired by both urban and seaside environments. My paintings are visions of images I see around me or in dreams.
Diane Dauz Bassin