Diane Nielsen

Diane Nielsen

Tell us a little about what you make?

I work on canvas but have worked on board. I create a textural base, which I then seal and then paint.

What inspires you and where do you find that inspiration?

I am inspired by the beautiful rugged coastline of Wales and the wonderful hills and valleys, rivers and buildings. 

Tell us about your favourite medium.

My favourite medium at the moment is acrylic paint, oak charcoal , Renaissance drawing chunks and ancient stones. I also use watercolour. 

What are your favourite and least favourite parts of being an artist or maker?

For me the best part of being an artist is the when I am in the zone , loving every second of the creative journey. The least pleasant time is when I have suffered an inspirational drought, which comes to us all at some stage. 

What does being a member of the Ceredigion Art and Craft Trail mean to you?

Being a member of the Ceredigion Art and Craft Trail gets your work more widely distributed and hopefully appreciated. 

How do you manage a work-life balance as an artist/maker?

I am retired so my days are my own. 

What are you working on at the moment?

At present I have a commission for a collector of my work. 

How do you know when your work is finished?

I never seal and protect my artwork until I have lived with it for a week. I put it somewhere in our house and just gaze at it at different times of day and light. If I see something I don’t quite like, back I go to the studio. 

What is the biggest challenge of being an artist/maker?

I personally feel the biggest challenge is to keep work fresh and interesting, not getting stuck in a routine. 

What advice would you give to new artists or makers at the start of their creative journey?

The advice I would give anybody wanting to be a creator of art, is look, learn and listen to your environment, we learn all the time and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.