Diana Cutrone's landscape paintings demonstrate a very disciplined approach to realism, while still retaining a sense of spontaneity and experimentation. Her chosen subject matter often includes both broad and deep vistas embodying a phenomenology of color and atmosphere. In other works, she presents us with close-up "portraits" of trees, riverbanks, and brush. While the former presents the viewer with a vast space contemplative space and wide vibrant color-field skies, the latter brings us intimately close to our environment. Textures are evocatively rendered in these works, providing us with an almost tactile experience of nature.
Says Cutrone about her artistic practice:
"Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone wants to tell it. And everyone loves a story told well; everyone wants to hear it. Everyone wants to know and be known.
Artists are no different. They have just chosen to tell the story in a slightly different way. Art is, I think, always both a story and a mirror. Maybe they are one and the same. At its best, at its truest, it lets you see yourself, your world through someone else's story, which may very well be what you were seeing and saying already. It's like the lover who loves you back; who returns you to yourself in a slightly altered light.
The artist's job, therefore, is really quite simple. To be both a storyteller and a mirror. He or she only has to do both things well - to have something true to say, no matter how small, and to say it wonderfully. To give us back to ourselves.
It's a life-long assignment."
A Window Seat, 24x24, oil and cold wax on wood panel, framed
Descent, 30x24, oil and cold wax on wood panel, framed
Early Spring, image: 10x8, oil and cold wax on wood panel, framed
Opposite Shore No. 5, 10x30, oil and cold wax on wood panel, framed
Opposite Shore No. 7, 24x36, oil and cold wax on wood panel, framed