My work explores the emotional power of line and color, with evidence of the artist’s hand. I want the viewer to have a sense of my physical and emotional involvement with my materials. With many layers of writing, drawing and painting I create a history of my ponderings and struggles. Art is my way of sorting through both inward and outward observations to make sense and order of the world. It creates a visually tangible record of this process with suggestions of memory, bits of conversation, or perhaps a sense of a person, location or passing of time.
Diane Bowie Zaitlin has lived on the coast of Maine most of her life. She received a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, and also studied at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. She has attended numerous workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, R & F Paints, and Maine College of Art. She teaches painting workshops in encaustic and cold wax and has been an artist-in-residence through the Maine Arts Commission for many years.
Diane has exhibited extensively throughout the country. As a member of New England Wax, she was included in their many juried encaustic exhibits in New England and Oregon from 2007-2009. Diane has participated in several Luminous Landscape exhibits of encaustic artists in Massachusetts since 2009. Diane received the Saco Museum purchase prize at the exhibit Mill-ennial 2012. In 2013 her work was exhibited in Maine Women Pioneers III: Dirigo at the University of New England Art Gallery, Portland. She is currently represented by Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine and June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine. She was a 2015 fellow at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation , Great Cranberry Island, Maine and Artweek on Great Spruce Head Island, Maine in 2012.
Selected solo exhibits include:
2016 June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine: Drawings
2015 Maine Jewish Museum, Portland, Maine: Undercurrents
2013 Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, Maine: Eloquent Silence
2011 Saco Museum, Saco, Maine: Point of Departure.
2008 North Dam Mill, Biddeford, Maine.
2004 University of New England, Biddeford, Maine.
Saco Museum, Saco, Maine: Passageways.
2002 University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.: Alchemy: From the Common to the Sublime.
2001 Davidson and Daughters Contemporary Art, Portland, Me.: Exit.
1997 State House, Augusta, Maine.