About Diane Montana Jansson

I have always drawn and painted....digital photography is a relatively new addiction. I attended the San Francisco Academy of art studying figure drawing, painting, and design. Having lived and worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, the north of England and on a small Greek island, (Kalymnos), I now live with my husband in red rock canyon Nevada surrounded by my garden. The colors, composition, and tenacity of nature are the driving forces of my work and the passion of my daily life. In my work, I more often than not, draw and paint the negative spaces and shapes as opposed to the positive. By this action the positive shape takes form almost as an after thought..creating itself out of an independent energy. From the moment I learned to walk I followed my Mother's footsteps in her garden watching her encourage nature to take hold, gain strength and bloom. I believe that we as people carry the same qualities within ourselves inherent in the plant world. In spite of our fragilities we own amazing qualities that combat adversity and enable us to bloom and create again and again. In my mind, laziness is a sin against nature and complacency a kind of living death.....