Inside the Studio: Diane Green (USA)



Diane Green.

Favorite materials to work with?
Oil paint has a life that I can’t find anywhere else. It is strong yet forgiving. It can respond to my hand in a way that I had never imagined. It is always an enlightening experience working with it, and the things that I can do with it are endless!

How many years as an artist?
Painting has been with me since I was a young girl. It always provided a place for release and a place I could go to that was both familiar and new.


Diane’s studio.

What themes do you pursue?
My paintings are always referential and metaphorical to what is going on in my life. In order to finish them, they have to survive all the sides of my personality.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
That is an interesting question for me. Music definitely has an influence on me. It can change the quality and energy of my brushwork, so at times when I am ready to let go of certain passages in my painting, I will put on music that is fearless and strong. Sometimes I don’t want to be bothered by the influence of sound and I prefer to listen to the painting in quietude.


Sketchbooks and works in progress.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?  
Be who you are.

Art school or self-taught?
I went to graduate school in painting at Yale. It was very inspiring in terms of who I met and what I learned, but it took a lot of years to integrate all of it so I could paint intuitively without all their voices in my head.


Tools of the trade.

If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
I hope I don’t ever have to face that; however, I feel artistry follows me in everything I do.

Day job?
I run my own school/studio where I teach painting.

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Diane’s palette and paints.

What do you collect?
Besides collecting friend’s work, I have collected the work of outsider artists. They are a reminder to me to follow my own voice and to go back to my source. Pieces by Jon Serl and Anna Zemankova have hung on my walls for years.

Who are your favorite writers?
A book that I am reading now that has changed the way I look at things is New Self, New World by Philip Shepherd… there is never enough time to read all that I am interested in!

311627-1253535-7“Sea Which 3” by Diane Green

Is painting dead?
…only if we are dead.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
I have always been drawn to Bellini’s painting St. Francis in the Desert, which hangs at the Frick. I go there for inspiration.

311627-13140387-7“Move”  by Diane Green

Favorite brush?
Every brush has a purpose, even the one with three hairs.

Palette knifes?
I spent two years just working with palette knifes so I could understand what they do. Now they are integrated into my practice and are just there to add another quality to the space.

"heard" ($4,200)

“Heard” by Diane Green


  1. I like what you say about painting intuitively, I feel that is also very important, your works are very theatrical and delicate.
    Enjoy cheers Kate*

  2. Nadine shalom says:

    Bravo Diane!!
    “Be who you Are”
    That always sits well with me!!
    I can feel that in your work too-

  3. Martha Doran says:

    I love the beauty, delicacy, stillness and heartfel emotion in your work. Always something new to explore.

  4. Martha Doran says:

    Heartfelt, that is!!

  5. Pamela Gatens says:

    Delicate, wonderful colorwork. Very nice.

  6. These pieces exude life lived. They remind me to go out and allow the poetry around me to come in for a visit.

  7. Megan Karlen says:

    Wonderful article, wonderful artist and such wonderful paintings. I can feel your sensibility in them. I can feel the heart in them. And I live the paint handling! Rick on Diane!

  8. Len Lipson says:

    What a wonderful surprise to see your work. Have not seen it in awhile and was blown away by its mastery and spectacular use of color. Thrilling!

  9. As the images in these paintings are hidden in light and not darkness, I am reminded of the wonderful Gwen John. The delicate golden room of “Heard” surrounds a woman totally absorbed in mind’s life. Lady Murasaki might also have conjured this vision.

  10. Jack Taylor says:

    I see elements of your very early work, still in my mind’s eye, in these shown here. These are interestingly more assured and gentle at the same time. I particularly like “Heard.” Thanks for sharing via this medium.

  11. It’s wonderful to see it all come together and yet leave room for it all to come apart again, it’s the nature of painting a fixed image in time. Congratulations.

  12. jeff says:

    i love this work, very powerful, sensitive and moving. inpires me musically.

  13. hi Diane,
    I love the creamy layering out of which the vibrant pure colours gleam; like the complex layering of our lives especially as women…

  14. Barbara Duval says:

    Having watched your work develop over the past thirty or so years, it is terrific to see these mature paintings which are confident yet playful, personal, and infectiously genuine. This is really good work.

  15. freedom comes with hard work, openness, and surrender. and these paintings are free, mature and very true to who you are. solid and strong but always with a twinkle in your eye.

  16. Rhonda Tawil says:

    Congratulations, Diane! Your paintings make me feel happy and light. Good luck always.

  17. Trixie Pitts says:

    Congratulations Diane!

    I have enjoyed looking at your portfolio and reading your interview. I also love that painting at The Frick!

    Your studio is beautiful too!

    Kind regards, Trixie

  18. Margo Schopf says:

    Beautiful, beautiful work. I like the way one has to really look for things that at first glance are obscured. Lends a bit of mystery to the work. Your gentle colour palette too is appealing.

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