An Interview with our Artist: Diane Montana Jansson

4 March 2019

We talk to Diana Montana Jansson from Blue Diamond, Nevada, USA, about her work.

Please describe your artwork style

My goal is to take the viewer and myself beyond the subject regardless of the medium. I’m involved in; drawing, painting, photography, or mixed media collage. I would describe the resulting style as Expressionism.

What’s your background?

I’ve always drawn and painted. I attended the San Francisco Academy of Art studying drawing, painting, and design. However, I consider nature to be my greatest teacher. My garden is a constant source of inspiration; light, texture, form, and color.

How long have you been an artist?

As far back as I can remember.

How have you developed your career?

I fell in love with my digital camera about ten years ago when I discovered the potential for manipulating the images so that they take on a very painterly quality.

Where do you create your work? 

I have currently converted my garage into a perfect working studio where I can work on large canvases. This space has led me back to mixed media collage which is my favorite process. I’ve been working with texture and light using paper and iridescent acrylics causing composition shifts depending on natural light changes. These are pieces to dream into and my new favorites.

What techniques / mediums do you use? 

My portraits begin with an image as a point of departure and composition. As I work my emotions kick in and the work takes on a life of its own. I’m often surprised at the end result feeling I was only subconsciously involved. My favorite portraits created themselves while I stood on the sidelines.

How do you feel when you are letting your emotions loose on the canvas?

I work to chase the complete feeling of euphoria that losing myself in my work brings. I can’t make it happen, but when it does I feel a passionate escape that cannot be described. The feeling is like a drug I will always be addicted to.

Any current or up-coming exhibitions?

Three of my digital photo prints are on permanent exhibit at the Las Vegas Downtown Grand hotel and casino.

Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why? 

The image I’ve posted is one of my favorites. It is one of my mixed media collages 38”/48”. I call it “Bees” because of the honeycomb pulled paper which castes shadows and areas of iridescent acrylic paint that reflects depending on light and where the view is positioned. It is truly kinetic and magical.

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