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:

To see Current Events, click here.

 

Previous Events, 2018:

 

April, “Patience”  - Members’ Exhibition:

Santa Cruz Art League
Opening Reception: April 6, 6-8PM
526 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

 

February - May, Small Works - Solo:

Y Studio
1125 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

 

March, Large Works - Solo:

Pacific Wave
First Friday Reception: March 2, 6-9PM
1502 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

 

March, Abstract + Small Works - Group:


Art Cave
First Friday Opening Reception with Live Music: March 2, 5-8PM
Closing Reception: April 6, 5-8PM

Old Wrigley Building at University Business Park
2801 Mission Street Extension
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

 

March, "Perseverance" - Group:


Felix Culpa Gallery
First Friday Opening Reception with Live Music By Eclectix: March 2, 6-8PM
Closing Reception with Music Installation by Orbits
: Friday March 30, 3-8PM
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

 

Previous Events, 2016-2017:

 

October, Partial Series Solo Show:

Reception: Friday, October 6, 5-10PM with locally made & sustainably sourced drinking chocolate
Mutari Chocolate House & Factory
540 Front St. 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

September, Partial Series Solo Show:

Reception: Friday, September 1, 5-10PM with locally made & sustainably sourced drinking chocolate
Mutari Chocolate House & Factory
540 Front St. 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

August, 4/5 Series Solo Show:

Reception: Friday, August 4, 6-9:30PM with local food and beer
Oasis Tasting Room & Kitchen
415 River St. 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

July, 3/5 Series Solo Show:

Reception: Friday, July 22, 6:30-10PM with live music, kava and tea service
Mandala Holistic Hair and Wellness Studio
107 River St. 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

June, 1/2 Series Solo Show:

Reception: Friday, June 2, 4-10PM with live music and local food
Shanty Shack Brewing
138 Fern St. 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

June, Group Show:

Reception: Friday, June 2, 6-9PM
Santa Cruz Art League
526 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

November 2016, Opening:

Friday Realty
1040 41st Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

 


With Peace and Prosperity,

- Diana W.