Original publish date: Aug. 8th, 2011
Harvest Gold Gallery presents Diane Scott, plein air painter from Chatham New Hampshire.
Plein air oil painter, Diane Scott captures the light of the moment in an everyday scene and makes the canvas come alive.
She is not a photo realist. Most would describe her work as impressionistic. At their best, her paintings reflect her excitement in the field through expressive brushwork and heightened color. It’s wonderful to see how the corner of Rt. 16 and Rt. 302 in North Conway becomes magical through Diane’s painting.
“I try to get a good solid base in the field then I let myself paint a painting. I have some fun with it. I like to think of it as having a conversation with the painting, letting it take on a life of it’s own.”
At Herts College of Art and Design in St. Albans, Herts, England is where Diane received her BFA. She moved from Canada to New England to become a full time painter in 1996. She lived with her husband for many years in Boston.
Eventually they bought a cottage in Chatham. Now they feel fortunate to call the cottage their full time home.
Scott’s subject matter changes depending on what strikes her as beautiful that day. Sometimes it will be a grand overlook of Cathedral Ledge or a farmyard with lots of machinery. From cluttered back alleys and scenes of daily life, she can bring things together to create a pleasing pattern on the canvas and capture the essence of Western Maine and Carroll County.
Currently on show at Harvest Gold Gallery there are several local scenes. One of our favorites is from right here in Lovell, "Still Working" is a portrait of Chandler’s Garage on Rt. 5.
She loves to paint tractors. “Little Boy, Big Dreams” has a small child gazing at a huge tractor at the Fryeburg Fair.
Beauty is all around through Diane’s work. Come and see for yourself. Harvest Gold Gallery is open daily, on Rt. 5 in Center Lovell. 207-925-6502 and on the web at www.harvestgoldgallery.com