Dianna Fowler is a new artist in town. She has been painting for about 12 years, and she is a member of the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Society. We met at one of the MMFAS receptions, and she agreed to do an interview for the blog!
How long have you been painting? I am a self-taught artist. I have never dreamed I would ever paint, although I was very moved when I saw really beautiful Art that touched my heart. I have been painting for about 12 years now and I truly enjoy it.
What sparkled your interest in art? I lost one of my precious sons about 13 years ago and I was devastated. Prior to that tragedy, I played the 12 string guitar and wrote non-typical Gospel music. I also sang in churches and spoke at High School career days. I was in the middle of making a CD of some of my songs, when I lost my child. I could not sing, I couldn’t do anything. One day my beloved mother came to my home and said, “You have been in bed for 3 months; I want you to help me learn how to paint.” To make a long story short, we bought how-to books, and videos and started painting.It was a wonderful creative outlet for me, that helped me deal with my grief. I think of nothing else when I paint. I’m totally focused on what I am doing.
What is your favorite media? My favourite media is oil. I started learning with oil paint, and I grew quite fond of it. I enjoy pastel as well.
What is your favorite place to paint – home, studio, outdoors? My husband retired over a year ago, and we moved into a home just a couple miles out of Washington, MO. I have my own studio and I love having my own space; even though it doubles as my music room. I have lots of windows and I placed myself, so I can watch the cornfield and nature when I paint.
What are you currently working on? I’m currently working on a project for the Mid-Missouri Fine Art Society called “America The Beautiful”. I am lucky to have seen the majesty of the mountains in Alaska and the beauty of the ocean in Hawaii, and I use them for my inspiration.
What inspires you? I’ve known great sorrow and I’ve known great joy. I’m still moved in my spirit by sunrises, sunsets, and full moons on beautiful nights.
What does your art mean to you? With Gods’ help I can still say “life is good”. I am enjoying my art club. It makes me reach out and strive to be better. I try to paint only what touches my heart. I have been commissioned to paint homes and portraits also.