A Philadelphia-based artist, Diana Balderson interprets portraiture through vivid imagery and contrast, driven by the concept of memory. Her work focuses on the observation of a singular person, enjoying a beverage, lost in thought. Diana’s work causes an emotional response, especially when her figures are giving direct eye contact to the viewer. This can create both a comfort and tension within the same atmosphere, like the feeling of being alone in a sea of people. Each figure is surrounded by saturated colors blending into each other, much like our memory of a dream.
Diana uses cut paper to emphasize the contrast of light and shadow within her artwork. She began this body of work a year ago with a coffee-themed series and is currently developing a wine-themed series.
Diana won first place in her first juried show after graduating in 2012 with a Fine Arts Degree from Kutztown University. She continues to display her work a few times a year and strives to show in every state.