Diane Messinger
"Surprises, learning, emotional revelation, and investigation are the core of my work. I usually start with fairly representational figures but as I work I change the figure. I may wipe out an arm or leg, add an extra hand or paint out the face. Challenging myself is an important aspect of the process. I like going to unknown places. I use the figure to explore relationships and the scope of human emotion. With this latest body of work most of my tools are large: brushes, cans of paint and paper. I like how physical this is. The formal approach is important in the process for me: judging shape, color and line."

-Diane Messinger