The art of Diana McNish stems from the use of driftwood polished by years spent in water. Around this Diana builds a tracery of resin, fiberglass, papier-mache, and paint. The driftwood, however, remains the very origin of the artistic creations.
It is the natural object that is the source of inspiration. All of Diana's works reveal the moment of metamorphosis, all of them reveal the incredible imagination of the artist.
Diana builds her own romantic world. Very close to Balzac - who used puppets in order to personalize his characters and to the great European novelists, Cervantes, Dickens and Dostoevski. Each figure has its own personality when soul supplants appearance and where creation reveals itself in spirit and feeling.
"Diana McNish is an original. She does not conform to what other people are doing."
"Despite the fact that artists can do what they want, quite the contrary happens. Certains fads are always popping up. Suddenly you find a work `in favor' and you find thousands of artists doing that kind of work."
"but you also find individuals like Diana. They have evolved over a period of time, their own techniques, their own vision. It is very rare,"
Wells Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, 1976
O'Keefe Center, Toronto, Ontario, 1977
The St. Lawrence Lounge, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario, 1977
Oakville Art Gallery, Oakville, Ontario, 1977
Gairloch Gardens, Oakville, Ontario, 1977
Ingrish Gallery, Geneva, Illinois 1979
"On the Fox," 3-day women's show, sponsored by Ingrish Gallery, Geneva, Illinois 1979
Autumn Gallery, Wheaton, Illinois 1979 - 1980
Chasm's, Rockford, Illinois 1980
Gilman-Gruen Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 1987
"The Creamery Show," Geneva, Illinois 1988
"Clay 'N Caboodle 10th Anniversary," Geneva, Illinois 1989
Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 1997
Norris Cultural Center, St. Charles, Illinois 1998
Gallery of works by Diana McNish.
Chicago online-Gallery Homepage.