Artist of the Week: DI PARSONS

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

Give a warm welcome to Di Parsons! Di is an emerging artist based in Perth Western Australia.

In Di's words, "I create vibrant bespoke artworks drawing from my love of colour and form." ​ Di's work is multi-disciplinary and includes; landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, portraits and mosaics.

How long have you been an artist?

I’ve been practicing art full time for 10 years. I was always interested in art at school but life was busy and family took precedence. I’ve been making up for lost time ever since.

How did you get involved?

I started with art classes at my local community centre, then moved to more formal classes with tuition in oils, acrylics and pastels.

My fascination with resin painting was accidental. I was mistakenly invited to attend a resin class by a tutor who thought I was someone else! I have been painting with resin ever since.

Have you entered any competitions or exhibitions?

I enter any competition I can. It’s fun and inspires me to think outside the box, particularly when there’s a theme to the show. I’ve entered the Black Swan Prize for portraiture (now the Lester Prize), the Royal Perth Landscape Art Prize, Cossack Art Awards, Melville Art Awards and many other local Art Shows. I’m also a regular at the Art Upmarket here in Perth, which is a fine art show held at the University of WA twice a year.

What do you love about art? What is your motivation?

I love creating art. It gives me a deep sense of satisfaction and achievement. Many people may not realise that there is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into creating artworks and I love that journey. Coming up with an idea and then transforming it into a finished product is very rewarding.

How would you describe your style?

I am very eclectic and jump between mediums and styles constantly. I find being constrained into a particular style very frustrating so I just go with the flow. I’m always looking for a challenge so this dictates the way I approach my artwork. One day I’m creating a resin landscape, and the next day I’m painting a detailed portrait in oils. I really just go along with how I feel at the time.

Who/what are your influences?

My greatest influences have been art tutors who I have met here in Perth. I follow artists, choose styles I like, learn from the best and then translate it into my work. In terms of content I find water mesmerising, so a lot of my work is based around seascapes, waterfalls, even the flow of satin in an evening gown...

What are some of your favourite personal works?

My favourite artwork at the moment is a portrait called Crimson Folds. It is beautiful woman in a satin evening dress. I like to think it is my younger self, photo-shopped and airbrushed. A perception of myself which exists only in my mind!

What is your creative process?

Like my style, my creative process tends to be unstructured. I really love light and colour so I’ll be inspired by sunlight on the waves at the beach or the vivid colours in a landscape or a tree. Then I’ll spend some time thinking about colours and mediums to work out what might best reflect what I want to achieve. I find creativity flows from doing something I enjoy doing.

What are your goals?

My main goal is to have fun with my art practice and to keep my love of art alive.

See Di's full portfolio here.

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