unsettling appearance

 

 

Diane Marsh depicts people in her art work. But her emotionally charged, psychologically revealing, hyper-realistic paintings are far from stiff, traditional portraiture. 
Instead, Marsh uses her prodigious technical skills to show us people in the midst of intense introspection, coping with unstated difficulties and finding solace outside themselves. 

 

 

 

 

                                                     


             The Awakening,  
    oil on paper, 1996, 28" x15"
private collection: Santa Fe, NM


 " Small but powerful, The Awakening
 conveys a move out of sadness through a revelation of hope.
"

There is a universal understanding that comes through the work. The paintings aren't necessarily easy to look at. They're beautifully done, but not traditionally beautiful. But it is in their slightly unsettling appearance that they achieve their emotional resonance.

In "The Awakening"  Marsh provides more information. The woman clutches her arms across her chest, lifting her head upward.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Rage Rage Against the Dying of the Light 
oil on linen 1991 24" x48"
Collection: Donald Hess, Hess Collection Museum, Napa, CA

 

 

Above her sits an off-white field in which three small images - a deer's head, a rose and a baby - float vertically in the space. Into the paint are scratched the words "scar" and "mercy" and, along the edges, the phrases "you shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free" and "out of suffering compassion may be born."

Small but powerful, "The Awakening" conveys a move out of sadness through a revelation of hope.

In a sense, that's the theme of all of Marsh's work.

L. Kent Wolgamott
Lincoln Journal Star 2001










 

 

 




Do Not Go Gentle 
oil on linen, 36" x 72"
private collection

 




 

 

 

Diane Marsh is represented by:

Addison/Parks Gallery (contact: John Addison, Director)
209 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM  87510
505-992-0704
www.addisonparksgallery.com