dianne greenway

Dianne Greenway: Painting and Drawing

Art Education and Career:

I did a Fine Art Honours degree in painting, in my late twenties at Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic, graduating in 1979.  Following this I gained an MA in the History of Art and Design  specialising in Renaissance art, including that of the  German Reformation.

Teaching:

My career in art education was  studio or art history based.  Throughout, I worked as  lecturer and moderator  in Further and Higher Education, including the Open University.  At first, my subject  was art history but later I taught drawing, life drawing, painting,  colour  and portfolio development.

Additionally, in the 1990s, I  trained and worked as a freelance garden designer,  eventually moving away from this to concentrate on my painting practice (and tend my own garden).

Finally, I retired from formal teaching in 2009, but run a private class for adults locally.

Working as an Artist:

Since 2005 I have been working  with soft pastels, tissue paper collage, charcoal, watercolour, Indian ink and  combining media.   Observation and drawing are key elements and I use sketchbooks and photography. Eventually, I lay these aside  as the painting progresses.  Subject matter is mainly from the natural world, geology, or local rural landscape.

From time to time I also use still life objects which have an  historical or personal associations.   I also take portrait commissions,  with a preference for using pencil or watercolour.

Influences:

Although I take a wide-ranging interest in art and illustration, I feel close to English artists of the 1930s and 1940s. These include Paul Nash, John Nash, Tristram Hillier, John Piper and C.E. Tunniclicliffe.

Exhibiting:

I have regularly exhibited  in the Midlands where I am a long-term member of Warwickshire Open Studios and Leamington Studio Artists.   I have also been in many exhibitions in Coventry, both solo and open- entry, and shown  in Birmingham,  and the Cotswolds.

Most recently, I showed my paintings in The Deasil (now Slate ) Gallery in Leamington Spa,  The Jam Factory, Oxford and The Alain Rouveure Galleries, Todenham, Glos.

My paintings are in many private collections and can be seen in The Terrace Arts Café in Seaton, Devon.