Diane Huson was born in British Columbia, Canada and completed her Fine Arts Diploma from Malaspina College on Vancouver Island. Originally an oil painter, she expanded her expertise into watercolour after moving to Toronto in the mid 1980’s. People and animals were her favorite subjects. Her work as a florist and her love of gardening encouraged her to paint florals and nature.
In 2007, Diane decided to paint in oil again. Studies of dramatic shadows and lighting on large canvas are her key focus. Winning the People’s Choice Award for her oil painting “Bronzed Dahlia” in the Oshawa Art Association’s Juried art Show in 2011 , Second best in oils for her portrait “McKayla” in 2012 , People’s Choice Award for “McKayla: Memories of Summer” in 2015 , The Mayor’s Choice Award for “Abigail” in 2016 and an Award of Excellence for ‘Standing Proud ‘ at the PRAC juried art show in 2017 were definite highlights.
Throughout her career, Diane has been commissioned to paint portraits, animals, landscapes, architectural buildings, florals and book illustrations. Her work has been displayed on numerous book covers with a distribution of over 200,000. Her prints and paintings hang in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide.
In the Fall of 2019, Diane partnered with a Canadian clothing manufacturer based in Montreal, Le Galeriste, to create art-derived clothing and textiles using her art images. The concept has taken off and is increasingly popular, selling exclusively online at : www.legaleriste.com/diane.huson
Diane is represented by Westmount Gallery (www.westmountgallery.com ) in Toronto, Ont. and currently works from her home studio in Whitby, Ont. where she and her husband have resided for over 30 years.
My art reflects my love of the natural world all around us and the unique way that I see it. The colours, light, and textures of nature generally and gardening, in particular, catch my eye and I find myself compelled to put what I see onto canvas. I find that flowers almost always capture my attention and I want to share with people their colours, shading and vibrancy. I want to capture this vital nature of flowers to show people – sometimes to help them see qualities and moments they might have missed, and sometimes to highlight what we might see and enjoy together.
When I paint, I am acutely aware of the play of natural light in Nature and flowers in particular. I am aware that the light is an ever- changing quality and elusive to the artist’s brush, but I like the feeling of tension between the instant and changing quality of light with the more permanent quality of a painting. I try to capture the beauty of this as a moment in time and try to bring it to the attention of those who may not have noticed it in their busy lives. In this way, perhaps, my paintings give viewers back that moment.