Painting is a very organic and emotional process for me. I typically start by writing, drawing, and printing directly onto the panel. Next, paint is applied, then incised and scraped to reveal selected underlying markings. This process is repeated many times to accentuate the rhythm, repetition, and varied intensity of my marks. This creates a give and take between the layers; a revealing and obscuring of fragments of phrases, symbols, marks, and patterns. It is like an archeological exploration, a process of discovery and response, resulting in paintings that suggest a history and story of their own.
Diane Bowie Zaitlin lives on the coast of Maine. She studied art at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and earned a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. She has exhibited extensively throughout the country with recent solo exhibits at the, Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, Maine, Maine Jewish Museum in Portland, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, Maine, the Saco Museum in Saco, Maine, and the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. She has participated in many group exhibits including Maine Women Pioneers II: Dirigo at the University of New England, Portland, and The Future of the Past: Encaustic Art in the 21st Century at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.