I like to use subject matter that is personally significant and often use family history and rural and remote landscapes as a theme in my artwork.
Other artists challenges me to always remain curious, to explore new techniques and new vantage points. The clean and simple lines, yet complex interpretations, found in the works of Georgia O’Keefe and Lauren Harris inspire my work.
In recent years, building on technical skills gained over a lifetime, I now focus on fibre and needlework, mixed media and assemblage, while drawing on a background in paint and canvas/paper. Today my approach is to ‘mix it up’, incorporate texture and play with colour.
Exploring fibre work in many forms since childhood, Diane Duncan’s love of the media flowed into her choice of teaching as an early career during which she taught in both Art and Home Economics classrooms. Later, while home with her children, she furthered her studies in art and fibre through courses in natural dying, weaving, spinning, tailoring, quilting, needlework and oil painting.
Diane’s work often reflects interests developed while completing an Honours degree in Canadian Studies in 1985. In a second career, she assumed the role of Coordinator for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte, ON during its launch.
A return to art and fibre studies in the early 1990’s included courses in watercolour and acrylics with local artists and, in fibre, with international fibre artists and resulted in a successful introduction to the world of exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in collections across Canada and in the USA.
From 2009 to 2012, Diane traveled full-time throughout North America, collecting photographs and creating ‘occasionally’, from her motor-home. Although Diane Duncan lives and works in Calgary AB, she has resumed her travels seasonally and continues to find inspiration as she explores new places and meets new people.
Current media includes textiles and fibre, mixed media, assemblage, watercolour and acrylic with some ventures extending into the creation of books and journals. History, family heritage and day-to-day life inspire her work. Hand stitching and texture are important components. Reflecting on her art, she states “Life seems to pass in the blink of an eye, I’ll never have enough days to execute a fraction of my ideas”.