Deirdre Dyson built her professional career over 30 years in Loveland, as a Landscape Artist and teacher. Her oil paintings reflect her love of landscape, with emphasis on the Loveland area and her ability to capture bold and effective composition. She has taught art to students, kindergarten through adults, at her studio, Loveland schools, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Deirdre graduated from the UC, DAAP, with BFA in Painting and BA in Art Education. Workshop studies have been with Daniel Green, Kim English.
Painting is a basic need in my life. I am inspired by natural forms from the smallest flower to the largest mountain, as well as architectural subjects, which sometimes include figures. I search for high contrast situations with dramatic lighting in my oil paintings.
Color is my major element of expression. I “push” my colors to capture the essence of a location with vibrancy and excitement. Travel in USA and abroad emotionally inspires me with new colors, light and subjects.
I begin an oil painting “en plein air”, essential for me to establish light and color, even if it is finished in the studio. I will carefully mix my main palette then rapidly define general abstract areas, blocking in darks and lights with color. I follow by building up definition loosely and rapidly using bold color for visual excitement and emotional impact. I may stop at this stage, or work up detail if more description is required. I always strive try to maintain loose brush strokes to keep a painterly quality to the work.