You have no free time. You’re overwhelmed, your day is full of endless priorities.
When you come home from the hustle and bustle of yet another crazy day, you want to relax, take a deep breath, and sink into a deeply peaceful environment surrounded by wall art that restores and refreshes.
You want to have deep connections in this world, and honest conversations about what's important. You want to truly remember what it felt like to experience the lonely beaches of medieval France, stand next to the proud tall pines of Cape Cod, or explore the dancing jagged coast of California. You want to exhale, and revel in the abundant beauty all around you! I get you. I'm just like you and that's exactly the kind of art I create.
Welcome to my world! I'm Diana Stelin - a Boston-based landscape artist, teacher and writer who creates conversations between reality and abstraction. My palette knife paintings have been on display at corporate spaces like Google and Novartis. I've had artwork for sale at various art fairs around the US, and my colorful abstract landscape art is in dozens of private collections worldwide. My work is notable for its "melting'' elements on canvas.
My life took me on many journeys. I left Kishinev together with my family at the age of thirteen. It was a very hard transition for me. Finding art as solace truly changed my outlook on the world around me. Painting got me accepted into an Ivy League institution. The world of art stayed with me when I took a detour to manage an art gallery chain, DTR Modern Galleries.
After my second child, I started another business, a teaching art studio, The Plein-Air Art Academy. Soon after I had my third child, it received a Best of Boston award for art classes for kids, and is going strong. Artmaking keeps me balanced in life, and is my primary focus.
I paint multilayered palette knife landscapes in oil and cold wax, which I partially melt with a heating lamp to dissolve different objects on canvas into one another. The drips are my signature element: the dark ones are emotional strokes that create grids within a painting. The lighter ones are semitransparent, and partially show the layers of paint beneath them.
My technique is a dance between realistic and abstract landscapes, between watercolor and oil techniques. I begin with a watercolor in plein-air. I subsequently translate the drawing to canvas in the same expressive manner adopted for the initial watercolor painting, employing an impasto technique of oils mixed with cold wax.
The last and most rewarding part of the process is the melting of wax. It comes as a 4th or 5th layer of the painting. It requires patience, has an element of surprise, yet can be controlled, and it connects various sections of the unique oil on canvas. Because it's a textured layer on top of other layers, it breaks down lines between subjects, and literally melts one state into another. It also creates mini compositions within a painting, so that your eye always wanders around the canvas and catches new nuances hidden within the layers. At the same time I add gold leaf to my now abstract landscape, as well as 3d sculptural elements.
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One of my favorite things to do is helping people in the comfort of their homes. I love assessing the design of clients' dwellings and teaching them how to breathe some air into their spaces through art, how to create an atmosphere that is inviting and personal, and how to present the art and their connections with it in the best light.
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"We Bought It"
"Diana's distinctive paintings are worldly, lively and inviting. They tell stories through smiling eyes of a woman who immigrated to the United States as a child, carrying a wanderlust that continues to push her to all corners of the world and that is palpable in her nostalgic paintings. Her sense of color and tone rivals that of the Modern Masters. Her compositions flirt with fantasy yet somehow keep two feet planted firmly on the ground. What could be a simple landscape is anything but. They drive the viewer to recall a moment from their own lives - a windy day among friends and cherry blossoms in May or dusk in a foreign city; the evening sky rich with the possibilities of a new place", Caroline, Salem, MA.
"Diana is amazing both as a artist and as a teacher. We've never bought original art before and I had no idea of how to do this. What if you choose something that won't work in your house? What if you get tired of it? How high do you hang it? I've been in love with Diana's landscapes for years and when I finally asked her about buying a painting, she couldn't make the process any more comfortable and enjoyable. She had me come over to the studio to choose a few paintings that I liked. Then she brought them over to my house to see on my wall. This was incredibly helpful and made me change my mind about the painting that I went with. She helped me figure out exactly how to position the painting and told me that if we change our mind within a month, we could always try something different. We haven't changed our mind. We still love it", Helen, Natick, MA
"I find Diana's paintings very romantic without being overly so. Looking at them makes my heart smile without overwhelming my pancreas and causing an insulin spike by feeling sugary sweet. I just look at them and exhale. Like everything is ok as long as beauty like this exists in this world." Olga, Westfield, NJ."
"Loving this painting because the color scheme reminds me of a pine forest in the hot summer days and fits perfectly into our dining room and in the whole idea of our house that is surrounded by lots of beautiful trees. Despite being an oil painting, it has a light and airy quality to it, it doesn't overwhelm you". Anya M, Needham, MA
"This painting reminds me of one the best vacation I had in Italy when I was young, naive and in love. It represents for me everything that youth does: the freedom of expression, spontaneity, naiveté, delicate awkwardness and colorful emotionality." Anna K, Belmont, MA
"I love the magical world of Diana’s paintings. The colors are masterly woven into an intricate tapestry. The scenery is not static. You can almost feel the light wind caressing your skin and see the moving tree branches. Diana’s world is alive. It’s living and breathing, warm, inviting, joyful, serene. It draws you in and leaves a lasting impression", Katerina, Boston, MA