Brink - The Art of Conservation, is my way of spotlighting species that are in serious plight due to human impact - some may even become extinct within my lifetime. I use art - the great communicator that penetrates people's hearts and minds - to provide a glimpse into nature that is out of balance. I invite my audience to pause, think, learn, and maybe fall in love and take action. 
The species portrayed within Brink are all “protected” on some level, whether it be local, national, or international designations. A few of the paintings share circumstances of human impact, representing that there are no hard lines in nature and impact is not linear. Habitat loss and contamination, invasive species, and economic development are often rapid and catastrophic. The Brink Stories are meant to show us the magnitude of situations which may seem distant and far away, to show that our actions are far reaching, and are not to be taken lightly. 
I have abstained from using overt symbolism, colors, etc. to express the drastic situation in which these animals are surviving. Instead, I elect to use animal expression and beauty to create a place of solace within the painting - much like the solace I find when playing out in nature. 
Profits from Brink will be sent to local, grassroots organizations that are working to conserve the animals portrayed within the paintings. 


The Brink Tour:



July, Partial Series  - Solo:

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Reception: Friday, July 6th, 5-7PM. Wine and snacks provided.
1305 E Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Ongoing, "Perseverance" & "Patience":

Santa Cruz Yoga
1402 Ingalls St #11
Santa Cruz, CA 95060



October, Open Studios:

Wrigley Building
Reception: TBD
2857 Mission St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

October, Brink & Abstract Works - Solo:

Reception: TBD
121 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


November, Brink & Abstract Works - Solo:

Friday Realty
Reception: TBD
1040 41st Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


December/January, Abstract Work - Solo:

Santa Cruz Art League
Reception: TBD
526 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


With Peace and Prosperity,

- Diana W.