About the Artist
Greetings! My name is Diane and I am an artist specializing in artist books and printmaking. I have worked in the visual arts field professionally for 30 + years (Yikes!). The many hats I have worn include exhibiting artist, teaching artist, arts administrator, gallery manager, curator, juror, and if there is anything else possible to do in this field I am fairly sure I have done that as well. I have been fortunate to have taught printmaking for some fine museums and organizations and to have my work included in museum, library, corporate, and private collections.
I have two bodies of work that I produce with equal joy. The first group consists of artist books that often deal with a theme or particular idea. You can see some of my current work from this category on the Artist Book page of this site. The other type of work I produce are hand pulled prints, mainly relief prints, that I often take to fine arts & craft fairs. You can find them on my Etsy site.
In addition to the above, I have worked as a professional gardener at a historic site and on a small commercial farm and am a member of Central Carolina Master Naturalists. I volunteer at a local center for biodiversity where I assist with collecting, mounting, and databasing local plant species. I like to blog about art, botany, and general happy things. You can also follow me on Instagram @anniepodart
About the Work
Artist Books: My books are often a combination of media (painting, collage, assemblage, drawing, printmaking). As of now, all my books are unique, though as a printmaker the idea of making a small edition of a book does intrigue me. The content of my books tend to be about a topic or theme that has been on my mind for some time. Some of my books open like a regular book and some are more dimensional. Often, they are free standing and can also be considered installation or sculpture. There are thumbnail images of some of my books above and you can also see them individually on the Artist Books page of this site.
I have also documented the process and thoughts behind several of my books. Here are some links to individual posts that may be of interest.
- Food, Culture, and Assumptions
- Process of Making an Artist Book
- Expanding on the Theme of Over Development
Printmaking: Handpulled prints are original works of art. They are very process intensive and often require specialized equipment. The actual image of prints are often much smaller than the size of the paper they are printed on, which leaves a wide (hopefully clean) margin. That is why you will often see the size of the image as well as the sheet or paper size listed. Above you can see examples of this. The left shows several of my block prints hanging to dry. The right is a finished piece framed. Prints are very versatile in the way they can be displayed.
The printmaking methods I use are Block printing, Drypoint, Etching, and different forms of Monotype. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting information on these various techniques and adding the links below.
- Linoleum Block Printing: How is an image made and transferred?
- Reduction Block Printing Step by Step