dianne greenway

Dianne Greenway: Painting and Drawing

Art Education and Career:

I started a Fine Art Honours degree, concentrating on  painting, drawing and colour, in my mid-twenties at Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic, graduating in 1979.  Following this came an MA in the History of Art and Design specialising in the art of the German Reformation.   My subsequent career in art education was in the  studio or art history as both lecturer and moderator.  Most of my teaching was  drawing, life drawing, painting, colour theory and project and portfolio development Retirement came in 2009  to spend more time on my own work.
In the late 1990s I also trained and worked as a freelance garden designer for several years. I eventually moved away from this to concentrate on my painting practice (and tend my own garden).

Working as an Artist:
Since 2005 I have been working mainly with soft pastels. In addition I also use  tissue paper collage, charcoal, watercolour, Indian ink and sometimes combine mediums.    Observation and drawing are key elements and I use sketchbooks and photography. These sources are usually laid aside as the work progresses.  Subject matter is usually from the natural world, geology, or local rural landscape. From time to time I also employ still life objects which have an historical or personal resonance.  I do portrait drawings if commissioned and have worked in pencil for these. Although I take a wide-ranging interest in art and illustration, I feel close to English artists of the 1930s and 1940s, especially Paul Nash, John Nash, Tristram Hillier, Alan Sheasby and C.E. Tunniclicliffe.

Most of my exhibiting career has been in the Midlands where I have been a member of Warwickshire Open Studios and Leamington Studio Artists for many years.  Last year I exhibited work in the Deasil (now Slate ) Gallery in Leamington Spa and in 2016 at  The Jam Factory, Oxford in  addition to The Alain Rouveure Galleries, Todenham, Glos.
My work is in many private collections and can be seen in The Terrace Arts Café in Seaton, Devon.