Diane Huff - Original Paintings & Clay Monoprints

There are two quotes that I seem to go back to when I think about my art and where it has taken me.

The first: "I once read somewhere that most cultures have a word in their vocabulary which defines that event or activity — when Time does not exist. Creativity leads us into the Now where past regrets and future worries are not permitted. Time becomes meaningless in the face of Creativity." These thoughts from Fred Babb, always come to me when I disappear for hours into the studio.

The second quote, by Oliver Wendell Holmes — "One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains it original dimensions." — applies to the new work I created since learning the clay monoprint process. It has allowed a freedom of expression and movement that my oil and acrylic painting doesn't. It has also allowed me to combine my ceramics experience with painting in a way I never expected. The resulting work invokes Asian art, pure abstraction and sometimes fabric patterning. The images dance tumble, recede and come forward, looking both aged and new.

What more could an artist desire? Endless time within the parameters of real time and the freedom of creativity. I am blessed.

School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL — BFA, 1969
School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL Cert. of Painting, 2007
Continuing Studies
  • School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
  • La Meridiana, Certaldo, Italy
  • Harper College, Palatine, IL
  • College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
Exhibits & Shows
  • Paint, Pigment & Knives, PopUp 220 Gallery, Chicago, IL 2011
  • Grand Rapids ART PRIZE, 2010, 2011
  • Chicago Artist Coalition Cooperative Gallery —Inaugural Exhibitor 2009-2010
  • Around the Coyote 1st Annual Painting Competition, August-September 2009
  • Viridian Gallery, New York, Curator's Choice CD slide show
    20th National & International Exhibition, June 2009
  • BARE WALLS, 10 years participation in SAIC Alumni Auction
  • Group Show, Chicago Fine Arts Building, April 2009
  • Inspiration Corporation One Insprired Evening, Februrary, 2009
  • Drinks over Dearborrn, Chicago, Featured Artist, February-May 2009
  • "Inchworks," North Shore Art League, December 2008
  • Cambium Furniture, Featured Artist, Fall 2008
  • Artropolis Art Projects, Art Chicago, April 2008
  • Barrington Are Arts Council Art Fair, Best 2-D art award, June 2007
  • Thomas Moser Exhibition, March, 2007
  • Elmhurst Artists' Guild National Art Premiere, March, 2007
  • Chicago Artists Coalition ART OPEN 2006
  • Barrington Area Arts Council, Juried Member show 2004
  • Barrington Area Arts Council Art Fair 2003
  • Fountain Square Art Fair, Evanston 2002
  • Art on the Brink, Crystal Lake Best of Category Award 2001
  • Ela Festival of Arts, Lake Zurich 2000
  • Illinois Women Artists, New Millennium Exhibit Finalist 2000
  • UUAW Art Festival, Elgin 1999
Harper College InZone, 2007
Kaleidoscope Art School, Barrington
Westin Hotels, Itasca, IL, 2006
Westin Hotels, Palm Springs, CA, 2007
Westin Hotels, Detroit, MI, 2008