Diane Bowie Zaitlin is a mixed media artist… an encaustic artist… a painter. A gatherer of things that capture her attention – things like bank notes, wire mesh, pictures from magazines, musical score, fabric, and japanese paper. Sometimes these objects find their way into her work; other times she lets the rich color of the encaustic process tell the story on its own. Metal leaf appears now and then – not as bling, but as a glimmer of excitement subordinate to the wonderful forms in front of it.
Watch this wonderful video of staff writer Bob Keyes narrating a slide show of works from the Mill-ennial at the Saco Museum and Engine.
Read an Article from the Sun Chronicle with questions and answers with Diane.
Diane spends a lot of time absorbing imagery before she starts a new body of work. In her words, “I take photographs without discrimination, capturing whatever catches my eye, my senses, my memory. I try to approach my surroundings intuitively with an openness to discovering visual relationships, patterns, rhythms, and personal emotional connections.”
Her studio is papered with photographs, text, cut out pictures of things she likes, partially completed works, symbols, and doors….painted doors. The symbolism alone of these doors is a novella. Artistic gateways.
Diane and encaustic painting work together like old friends. “I love the rich sensual surface of encaustic. It can be polished, scraped, and drawn into. It also dries quickly and can be used as both a reductive and additive process. I am fascinated by the intensity of color and translucence that encaustic gives to paper and find it the perfect medium to combine collage and painting. I also love working with color, and encaustic allows light between layers to give the painting a unique depth, intensity, and luminosity.” The idea of a veiled narrative appeals to her, and the imagery often refers to memory, choices, searching, and relationships – with a hint of landscape.
Diane Bowie Zaitlin recently received the purchase prize from the Saco Museum, Saco, Maine for the Encaustic collage “Multiple Choice B”. It is included in their current exhibit 2012 Mill-ennial and will be on view through June 2, 2012.
The painting will be included in the museum’s permanent collection.
Selected solo exhibits:
2011 Saco Museum, Saco, Maine
2008 North Dam Mill, Biddeford, Maine.
2004 University of New England, Biddeford, Maine.
Saco Museum, Saco, Maine.
2002 University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.
2001 Davidson and Daughters Contemporary Art, Portland, Me.
1997 State House, Augusta, Maine.
1996 St. Joseph’s College, Windham, Maine.
Diane received a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut and also studied at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. She has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Maine College of Art. She has been an artist-in-residence at schools and museums with the Maine Touring Artist Program of the Maine Arts Commission for over twenty years. She currently teaches small independent encaustic workshops at her studio in Saco, Maine.