“Behind the Eyes of a Dog” Artist Series: Blends Images of the Dog & His Forebears

“I ask the viewer to experience each painting at a distance, and then, as they approach, discover the hundreds of elements which make up the piece. In so doing, the viewer develops a new awareness and admiration for the beauty and intelligence of the wolf. They should ponder evolution and the hundreds of breeds of companions we enjoy today, all descended from the wolf. I want them to treasure the wolf as they do their dogs.” ~Diana J Smith, Artist’s Statement

“The Nature of Things” 40×30 mixed media collage. Diana J Smith fine artist.

I’ve followed the work of fine artist Diana J Smith for awhile now. You can view all of her work at http://www.dianajsmith.com

Behind the Eyes of a Dog http://www.dianajsmith.com

Artist’s Statement:

The inspiration for this body of work comes from the way dogs looks at you with intense concentration as if trying to understand your words or thoughts. I am intrigued by the intelligence and extreme focus in their eyes and the depth of their concentration as well as their beautiful noses, detecting smells we cannot even acknowledge.

All dogs evolved from mother wolf, and I suggest that by blending of images the dog with his kind and his forbearers. Embracing collage techniques, I collect countless pictures of dogs and wolves from old discarded books and magazines. As I begin each piece, I select several hundred of these images based on color and value; I cut out each one and adhere it to the canvas surface. When grouped together, these tiny pictures form a much larger image, the crux of the composition. My style is loose and suggestive with painted detail reserved for eyes and nose.

I ask the viewer to experience each painting at a distance, and then, as they approach, discover the hundreds of elements which make up the piece. In so doing, the viewer develops a new awareness and admiration for the beauty and intelligence of the wolf. They should ponder evolution and the hundreds of breeds of companions we enjoy today, all descended from the wolf. I want them to treasure the wolf as they do their dogs.

“Ancestor” 8×8 mixed media collage http://www.dianajsmith.com

“Heritage” 8×8 mixed media collage http://www.dianajsmith.com

“Past-Future” 18×18 mixed media collage http://www.dianajsmith.com

About artist Diana J Smith

Artis Diana J Smith

An Oklahoma native, Diana J. Smith received a BFA in painting from the University of Oklahoma. Her intense interest in masks led her into additional studies in anthropology.

Diana has exhibited in numerous juried, group, and solo shows and has won awards for her paintings, ceramics and masks. While Diana also enjoys pure abstraction, she is best known for her acrylic paintings of canines, enlivening her subjects with qualities of loyalty, humor, inquisitiveness, mystery and patience.

Diana created masks of leather during the 1980’s which are in private collections all over the country.

Represented by:

Worrell Gallery

103 Washington Ave.

Santa Fe, NM 87501

505.989.4900

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JRB Art at the Elms

2810 N. Walker Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

405.604.6602

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Marta Stafford Fine Art

200 Main Street

Marble Falls, Texas 78654

830.693.9999

info@martastaffordfineart.com

Beartooth Gallery Fine Art

110 S. Broadway Ave.

Red Lodge, MT 59068

406.446.1292

mail@beartoothgallery.com

Artist Diana J Smith Series Combines the New Mexico Landscape & Wild Wolf…

…Fine art by Diana J Smith can be viewed at https://www.dianajsmith.com/wolves

This new body of work feels like a cleansing. I have put aside collage and mixed media. Now I’m concentrating on paint, only including a few lines of suggestion with charcoal. It feels pure and clean. I have a passion for our canine companions and enjoy illustrating the focus shown in their eyes. My previous work has been figurative, with my subject matter being dogs or wolves.

Featured image by Diana J Smith


In this series, I am delving back into abstract composition, where my formal training began, and adding just a touch of figurative. I have chosen a very warm, but bright palette, reminding me of the colors of the New Mexico landscape, then interjecting the wild wolf into this landscape. My vision is to create a pleasant, comforting place, while portraying the dignity and presence of the canine.http://www.dianajsmith.com website

“Laredo” 20 x 16 Acrylic

Bold reflections of the natural world can be seen in the paintings of artist Dimitra Milan

I was immediately drawn in by her bold  & expressive style. 

The art works of  Dinitra Milan “expresses herself through rich color and bold designs. Her paintings reflect a dreamy world where anything is possible and fearless subjects harmoniously coexist. Her original art can be found in fine art galleries in Arizona and Hawaii.

  
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I want my artwork to inspire people and make them feel that anything is possible for them. Help them understand who their true self is and how they are capable of anything they put their mind to.  – Dimitra Milan

About Dimitra Milan 

 A celebrated artist by the age of 15, Dimitra Milan’s extraordinary paintings can be found in private collections across the U.S. and Europe. Born into a family of established artists, Dimitra has been developing her style and ability from a very young age at the Milan Art Institute in Arizona, founded by her parents, Elli and John Milan. Whimsical and surreal, Dimitra expresses herself through rich color and bold designs. Her paintings reflect a dreamy world where anything is possible and fearless subjects harmoniously coexist.  www.dimitramilan.com

View the full art work of Dimitra Milan at www.dimitramilan.com



Wolves in Art News: Esquimalt artist selected to create artwork for B.C. Ferries

Artists throughout the ages have influenced culture through their work.  I hold a B.S. degree in art education where I learned about ancient native cultures. I am posting this news on artist Darlene Gait a member of the Esquimalt Nation, who is from the wolf clan tribe. I look forward to viewing her art murals. ~Rachel

Source: Victoria News
By KENDRA WONG – February 12, 2016

Esquimalt Nation artist Darlene Gait is one of three artists to be selected to create artwork for the new Salish Class vessels with B.C. Ferries. / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

When Darlene Gait was young, she would hear legends of wolves and orcas.
Gait, a member of the Esquimalt Nation, is from the wolf clan tribe and was told tales that wolves and orcas were once one animal before they split apart. Wolves became land creatures, while orcas remained in the water. Click here to read full article
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Click HERE to view works by Darlene Gait

Art by Darlene Gait entitled ‘Sisters’

Description of art by Darlene Gait:

Sisters is a painting of two female wolves near Alberta. In the background of this piece, if you look really closely, you can see that there are faces in the mountain, a lot of people don’t notice it but there are actual images of symbols of the first nations cultures that once were watching over, and are still a part of, this beautiful land, Alberta.
About the Original:
Medium: Acrylic on Paper/ Image Size: 30″ x 22 ” / Created:October 2002

Availability: Private Collection