Diane Houle-Rutherford

(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Diane Houle-Rutherford_untitled.acrylic on canvas_12 x 16 in.

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Diane Houle-Rutherford - Untitled

Biography – Biographie

For 25 years I worked as a consultant in leadership, coaching and creative thinking, teaching the art of combining ideas, helping leaders to know each other better and change their perspective on issues. Retired, I am now exploring the art of combining colours and shapes. Art was always in my life but not at the centre of it. From my youth I was attracted to painting, and later explored various crafts using my interest in creativity: I sought to combine and render the essence of things I saw, always building on my experience. I am an amateur photographer and most of my photos explore some beautiful aspect of life and nature. I am now a neophyte artist seeking to further my development, looking for my strengths, while recognizing that the learning process is long with many ebbs and flows.

 

Statement РD̩marche artistique

My current interest lies in exploring the arts in relation to the creative process. I want to create by combining colours and moving shapes with a view to communicating spiritual perspectives, deep emotions, aspirations, and what I love about what I see and experience. In my career I have always understood that creativity requires imagination, knowledge, and a critical perspective. I know I have imagination and now I am working on developing my knowledge, skills, and techniques to allow me to communicate better what is of importance to me.

I am in awe of nature around me but rendering that beauty on the canvas is challenging. I am determined to do something new, but that still connects with the original beauty, maybe only through my eyes. Sometimes I try to put the idea on its head and create something totally new, changing the perspective completely.

I am looking for my voice, my style, knowing what I do not like and trying to build on what I like. I see artistic growth as a series of realizations, and starts and stops, with occasional moments of awe. I also recognize that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

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