Artwork 

I give gratitude to God for all my creative gifts. I feel my art is the truest gift I have been given.

I am self-taught. I never took in school classes on art or lessons of any kind, it’s like the camera which is on automatic, I am not interested in the technical end. Allowing spirit to flow through my heart to my hands to the canvas is how I create. I may have something in mind when I start a canvas but the paint seems to have a mind of its own. Intuitively I seem to know when to stop, stand back and see what appears before me. I am always striving to feel a sense of balance within the canvas. I feel color has a deep impact on our being. We are gifted with sight, seeing colors move and interrelate with one another is always pleasing to my eye. My art is my heart … and I understand that not everyone will relate to the work I create, which is fine, art needs to speak to our hearts and call us to think, dream and move within its presence.

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“Perception - from darkness to light, light to darkness”

“Perception - from darkness to light, light to darkness”

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Created 2021 Canvas Size: 8” by 24” Available for sale please email Diane at: info@dkirkupjewelrydesigns.com Artist’s comments: The times we are living in are very challenging during Covid. This painting to me represents how light and darkness and color flow back and forth, the prominent colors are uplifting and the white background and outline of this canvas is very hard to see. This painting to me represents light prevailing. Light will always prevail.

“Perception - from darkness to light, light to darkness”

“Perception - from darkness to light, light to darkness”

The second photo represents a close up section of “Perception - from darkness to light, light to darkness”. Often I find special movements within the canvas that to me are eye appealing. I photograph them for sharing. In person one has to look closely at the whole painting to see what the camera so easily sees. I find this very intriguing.

“Perception - from darkness to light, light to darkness”

“Perception - from darkness to light, light to darkness”

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Created 2021 Canvas Size: 8” x 24” Available for sale please email Diane at: info@dkirkupjewelrydesigns.com Artist’s comments: This is the second painting I attempted in thoughts of “Perception” bright colors flowing though a transition color into black. Depending on how you view it the colors could be flowing in the reverse direction from black to white. Life is not all black or all white … we move through stages to grow and be all that we can be.

“Rebirth - Spring Flower”

“Rebirth - Spring Flower”

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Canvas Size: 8” x 16” Not available Artist’s Comments: I never know when I drop the ink onto the canvas what form it will take. I do think about color first before starting. I allow movement of the canvas to help the ink flow and somehow it takes “form”. I was delighted with this finished painting and with the help of Nichole Hunter used it for my “logo” on my business cards and website. I believe we are constantly in a stage of rebirth as we continue to grow.

“Dance of Color”

“Dance of Color”

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Canvas Size: 8” x 24” Available for purchase for information email Diane at info@dkirkupjewelrydesigns.com Artist’s comments: Pouring colors on the canvas with intent and letting they “play together” on the canvas pretty well speaks of this painting. It’s vibrant and alive with movement, a reflection life.

"Patience" Painting 1

"Patience" Painting 1

Medium: Acrylic Paint Available for sale please email Diane. I called this series of paintings done in the early days of Covid “Patience”. I taped the canvas section by section in angles using one color at a time letting the paint dry, taking off the tape and doing the process over and over again. I might have an intent on a certain pattern but it never unfolds as I envisioned much like life these days … the best laid plans can change in the blink of an eye and we are called to “Patience”.

"Patience" Painting 2

"Patience" Painting 2

Medium: Acrylic Paint Available for sale please email Diane. I called this series of paintings done in the early days of Covid “Patience”. I taped the canvas section by section in angles using one color at a time letting the paint dry, taking off the tape and doing the process over and over again. I might have an intent on a certain pattern but it never unfolds as I envisioned much like life these days … the best laid plans can change in the blink of an eye and we are called to “Patience”.

"Patience" Painting 3

"Patience" Painting 3

Medium: Acrylic Paint Available for sale please email Diane. I called this series of paintings done in the early days of Covid “Patience”. I taped the canvas section by section in angles using one color at a time letting the paint dry, taking off the tape and doing the process over and over again. I might have an intent on a certain pattern but it never unfolds as I envisioned much like life these days … the best laid plans can change in the blink of an eye and we are called to “Patience”.

"Patience" Painting 4

"Patience" Painting 4

Medium: Acrylic Paint Available for sale please email Diane. I called this series of paintings done in the early days of Covid “Patience”. I taped the canvas section by section in angles using one color at a time letting the paint dry, taking off the tape and doing the process over and over again. I might have an intent on a certain pattern but it never unfolds as I envisioned much like life these days … the best laid plans can change in the blink of an eye and we are called to “Patience”.

"Patience" Painting 5

"Patience" Painting 5

Medium: Acrylic Paint Available for sale please email Diane. I called this series of paintings done in the early days of Covid “Patience”. I taped the canvas section by section in angles using one color at a time letting the paint dry, taking off the tape and doing the process over and over again. I might have an intent on a certain pattern but it never unfolds as I envisioned much like life these days … the best laid plans can change in the blink of an eye and we are called to “Patience”.

"Into The Cosmos"

"Into The Cosmos"

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Sold Artist’s Statement: A kaleidoscope of color and movement as Life is ever colorful, constantly moving, energy shifting, flowing and emerging into newness. I wrote these words years ago and they feel relevant today. I see my work revolving about time and feelings, reflecting, then moving, opening and growing, capturing, if someone stops, smiles, feels somehow moved, I have returned a part of what God has given me.

“What Is Yet To Come”

“What Is Yet To Come”

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Canvas Size: 6” x 12” Available for purchase please contact Diane at info@dkirkupjewelrydesigns.com Artist’s Statement: I called this small painting “What Is Yet To Come” because of the softness and not so concrete outlines of what I felt was a beautiful flower emerging from the ethers. It feels heavenly to me. Airy and dreamy. It’s always a gift to see what emerges on the canvas.

"Inspired"

"Inspired"

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Size of Canvas: 10” x 20” For information regarding this painting please email Diane at info@dkirkupjewelrydesigns.com Artist’s Statement: The one artist I have read and been truly inspired by is Georgia O’Keefe. Her work with flowers, colors and content continues to amaze me. I feel this painting was inspired by her work. It’s one of my favorite paintings. The colors and movement are such a gift to my spirit. It's vibrant and alive and brings joy to my heart.

“Somewhere In the Middle”

“Somewhere In the Middle”

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Size of Canvas: 10” x 20” Sold Artist’s Statement: Because of the confines of my small studio I often paint in the middle of a white (or black) canvas. Pouring the paint and keeping it from the edge is sometimes a challenge and always a surprise. This particular painting from that series was especially colorful and vibrant. Certainly a play with colors. The paint has a mind of its own, my job is to allow it to do so within the space of the canvas. Always a surprise!

"Heavenly Bouquet"

"Heavenly Bouquet"

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Size: 10” x 10" Sold Artist's Statement: Often thoughts of others come to mind and because of my life circumstances, distance and physical limitations I am unable to be there in person. What I can do is take a few minutes in prayerful contemplation of that person and send them a heavenly bouquet of flowers and love. The power of prayerful awareness of another is a gift spirit to spirit. This painting reminds me that giving comes in all forms and is a practice of love.

“For Joan”

“For Joan”

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Size: 10” by 20” Available for sale please email Diane at: info@dkirkupjewelrydesigns.com Artist’s Comments: Painting on a black canvas was new for me. Years ago a very dear friend encouraged me to try painting on a black canvas. I did, with no success! The timing was not right. She has since passed on and I know her spirit and mine are connected. She was an educator, writer and life coach. Finally Joan a black canvas bright and bold worthy of sharing. Thank you.

Close Up Section of Painting:  “For Joan”

Close Up Section of Painting: “For Joan”

"For Joan #2"

"For Joan #2"

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Size: 10” x 20” Available for sale please email Diane at info@dkirkupjewelrydesigns.com Artist’s Comments: I tried several paintings on a black canvas with thoughts of Joan. This one is also vibrant and alive, such a burst of color against the black. It reminds me of her spirit which was vibrant and alive, always moving forward in life seeking to help others grow. I keep a book she wrote on my kitchen table and often in times of stress read whatever message I open to.

Close Up Section of “For Joan #2”

Close Up Section of “For Joan #2”

“Angel of Hope”

“Angel of Hope”

Medium: Liquid Acrylic Ink Size of Canvas: 11” x 14” Sold Artist’s Statement: I have been following a particular church for over 35 years on television. One night their children’s choir was singing and the children were in rows each wearing a different vibrant colored tee-shirt. The colors stayed in my mind and the next day I lined up my paints as seen with their shirts on my work table. When finished this sweet beautiful angel appeared on the canvas. Unplanned. A gift indeed!

"In The Meadow"

"In The Meadow"

Acrylic Paint Applied With Sponges Canvas Size: 8” x 16” Not Available Artist’s Statement: This painting was inspired by a photograph that won first prize in a photography contest. I have never tried to paint a canvas from a concrete photo. I was so taken with the color and content of the photograph I attempted to paint it. Not my best, but it takes courage to try something new. I should have called it “In The Meadow With Courage”.

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