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Diane Williams

With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow”Bob Dylan

This work is a distillation of my experiences as a woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter, traveler and nature lover. —Diane Williams


The love of family gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams.

Where do you dream of going? 


What artists influenced your work? 

I love the abandon and grandeur of Pat Steir's waterfalls. Bryce Marden's ability to weave eastern and western art with his Cold Mountain painting is a step toward global unity. The authentic physicality of the New York school of abstract expressionist painting is like 2D yoga. The California Figurative work of David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bishoff, Joan Brown, Manual Neri remind me that I don't have to look to Europe for masterpieces. The women china painters that poured their souls into a tea cup because that was their only chance to express themselves as artists have transported me to alternate realms.

Name three things on your bucket list.

Traveling with friends and family.
Making art that is healing and transformative on a global scale.
Swimming with dolphins and whales.

What was one of the best experiences of your life?

There are too many to name, and they all have a common thread- they embodied the present moment.


Distilling form to essence.
The cycle from birth to death is inevitable. Rocks become sand, and bodies dust. My work is inspired by the rhythms of nature rather than a literal interpretation. I use intuitive color, bold mark making and monumental scale as a vehicle for the voice of the strong feminine to weave nature’s story across time. Multiple layers chronicle what is concrete and what is illusive, erasures remind us that nothing is permanent yet everything leaves an impression. The calm, vast space of the painting allows a story to be told through generations.

Art provides the foundation for critical thinking. It allows us to look deeply into ourselves so that we may flourish by expanding our ability to meet challenges with innovation and creativity. It helps us project our inner truth which can resonate to others with shared meaning. Throughout history artists have not only recorded and responded to events, but have served to direct, influence and heal the wounds of ailing cultures. Memory plays a role in my work, as the tempered nostalgia of my personal myth. Memory is represented with the reductive process of scraping, sanding and wiping off paint to leave traces of what lies beneath the surface. Just as trees communicate to each other through their roots, my paintings resonate on a level that is deeper than the surface. Finally, the physical traces of my movements mark the instant when I danced with the process. As soon as the dance ends it is recorded history. I invite the viewer to enter uncharted territory, a world where women and elders are revered as holders of our collective intuitive lineage and listening to one’s intuition is the highest form of prayer.


Identity, Jen Tough Gallery, New Mexico, 2020 
Fragments, National Juried Exhibition at Arc Gallery & Studios, San Francisco, CA, November 21-December 19, 2020 
Twixt Cup and Lip 10th Annual Juried Exhibition, by Gallery 110, 2020
Sanctuary, National Juried Exhibition, Arc Gallery & Studios, San Francisco, CA, May 18-June 22, 2019
71 Women in Art, Kurt Edward Fishback, 2017
Flora & Fauna, National Juried Exhibition at Arc Gallery & Studios, San Francisco, CA. June 17-July 15, 2017 

Diane Williams lives and works in Vallejo, California


Available Works