I have been an artist all of my life. I believe artists are born with that constant need to create and it is what drives them to share their art with the world.
With a lifetime of private art lessons and a bachelor degree in fine art, I live on Long Island in a large house with extended family, earn a living by day in the publishing industry and create the beauty I see in my mind in the evening.
That mind is full to brimming with so many ideas that it is difficult for me to remain with one medium, one subject or one style for very long. I want to do it all and there is nothing that I won’t try to reach that euphoria I get from creating.
My work runs the gamut from watercolor painting small ECEo size portraits to hand painted handbags and shoes. On occasion, I will produce a Custom Portrait or a Colored Pencil Fantasy Illustration. You never can tell what I will be creating next!
PAINTING - I am most inspired by history, by the art, lifestyles and fashions of the past; by the simplicity, yet difficulties of a life before technology, before skyscrapers and cell phones. The brushstrokes of the masters, their use of light and shadow, their rich colors and compositions, all have a hand in the 2-D art that I create today.
I like to vary the size and medium of my work often. It may be a watercolor ACEO one day and a larger 11” x 14” acrylic portrait the next, so that my work always remains fresh. If not, I move on to something new and untried.
WEARABLE ART – I am so inspired by the possibilities of this art form! Every garment or accessory becomes a possible canvas for me to paint on, and because it is often 3-dimensional, it is a wonderful obstacle that challenges my creativity even more. I love to use the odd shapes of a handbag or a pair of shoes to inspire the design, not to mention using a plain, existing item and up-cycling it to an original piece of art! Now that is the most satisfying part of the process.
ILLUSTRATION – I recently have discovered the joy of colored pencil as a drawing medium. Without the additional attention needed when creating with wet paint and bulky easels, the ease and portability of colored pencils and a small sketch pad affords me a physical freedom that translates into a more imaginative subject matter. This then allows spur of the moment work that occasionally produces some very satisfying images.
MINIATURES - I particularly enjoy the challenge of working small, in both my ACEO paintings and 1/12 scale miniatures. I like to add a patina of age to my artwork, bringing it back into the past, like a frozen moment in time.
My miniatures are vignettes of that single moment in the past. An object is placed “just so”, but you know that any moment someone could come along and turn over the faded page of a book or move a vintage object from here to there, changing the still-life into a completely different moment from its past. That is why no two of my pieces are ever the same. I don’t believe that anything ever happens exactly the same way twice.
I create almost every item in my miniature work myself. If I must purchase a component, you can be assured I have altered it in some way to make it my own, a personal expression of what I strive to convey in that piece. I also try to work green, repurposing what I already have or has been discarded by others. I rarely purchase new supplies other than those that require replenishing, like glue and paint. This creates a challenge that I enjoy meeting.
I look forward to commissions, with all its own unique challenges, and giving a customer something special and is crafted just for them.
Welcome to my creative world and I hope you find the stroll through my work enjoyable.
My Online Portfolio - www.DianeCostanza.com
My Etsy Handmade & Vintage Shop - www.dianecostanza.etsy.com