Dianna Miller is an Artist born in Australia of aboriginal descent. Born in Nowra on the South Coast of NSW. I have lived in the Parramatta Area for most of my life.
Drawing has always been something that I always gained pleasure from. Artistic talent is in my family, my mother always sketched and my sister painted as a hobby as well. When I found I had time on my hands started attending art classes in 2009 at local Community Colleges at night, learning basic principles of composition and mixing of colour.
Very soon I realised I needed more comprehensive training and eventually tried The Parramatta Art Society. My first tutor was Brian Richardson a local Artist from Dundas. He taught me a great deal, his classes covered all media and he inspired me to see the beauty in even the simplest objects. I also found that while painting you can go to another level, time disappears and pure enjoyment takes over.
In 2009 me and a close friend and fellow Artist, Geraldine Jones, holidayed in Broome. You don’t realise how beautiful our country is until you visit WA. Geraldine has been painting for some years specialising in watercolors and this trip to Broome opened our eyes to the fact we need to concentrate more seriously on our Art. We discover such beauty and colour in everything and ever place we visited. We visited numerous galleries in Broome and the professionalism and talent of the Artists was inspiring. After this trip we seriously began painting together, helping each other and pushing each other past our comfort zones. It is a great thing to have someone to share a passion.
Over the years I have tried most media, attempting to find my niche. I have found I am a traditionalist but not afraid to try something new, I do love drawing and paint mostly in acrylics, I have dabbled in watercolours and have sold paintings using Pastels, Acrylics and Drawings.
Landscapes always were a challenge, but this started to develop only when I learned to slow down and development a plan before I begin. Brian introduced me to tone and how “the darks” and lights and a focal point makes the painting. He also introduced me to the palette knife which I love. I enjoy life drawing and have found it very beneficial to loosen my drawing up. It teaches you to draw quickly and more accurately and has helped considerable with painting portraits and animals.
I carry my camera where ever I go to try and capture the light and hue of the simplest country road, the blues and the movement of the ocean and the colours of a sunset or the sky on a cloudy day. The realization that everything is not one flat colour, that everything consists of so many colours and your painting “jumps” off the page when you get this right.
There is so much more to learn and I am looking forward to the time when I can concentrate more fully on my art. Traditional Aboriginal Art is on my “To Do List” along with The Horse (another passion), it will happen one day I am sure. At the moment a lot of my time is taken up attending Workshops and Demonstration and attending Galleries and Exhibitions which is such a joy. Plein Air is also something I enjoy.
I have worked in Admin most of my life and have been the Secretary of The Parramatta Art Society for the last two years. A great deal of my time is taken up with Administration, organising these Venues for our Artists and Helping with our Gallery at 147 George St Parramatta. To contact Dianna email@example.com