Pictured from top left clockwise: A Poisoned Adventure, Oil on Canvas 30″ x 40″ (c) 2020 Diane Grams; Studio Shot in process, large Ocean paintings 48×48 inches (c) 2022 Diane Grams; Racing/Rescuing, Oil on Canvas, 25″ x 19″ (c) 2020 Diane Grams; Four Skowhegan Frescos, (c) 2021 Diane Grams; Girl Rolling Backwards on the Beach Fresco, 15″ x 16″, (c) 2021 Diane Grams Swimming Backward Moving Forward, Oil on Canvas, 20″x16″ (c) 2021 Diane Grams.
Featured above are a series of works begun during the isolation of the Covid-19 quarantine in 2020 and more recently during a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s Alumni Summer August 2021.
As a starting point for each artwork, I create an active surface which stimulates development of narrative content. During the art making process, specific images and text begin to emerge and work together. The stories of my mother (below) arose out of my grief and sadness as I thought about what a champion and hero she was in my life.
Pictured left to right: Leaves of Three, Pencil on Arches Paper, 32 ” x 44″ framed (C) 2020 Diane Grams; My Mother Never Knew I Climbed a Tree that was Covered with Poison Ivy, Pencil on Arches Paper, 32″ x 44″ framed (C) 2019 Diane Grams; My Mother Saved Me from Drowning Even Though She Can’t Swim, Pencil on Arches Paper, 32″ x 44″ Framed (c) 2019 Diane Grams