Diane O’Connor

Diane was born in the San Franciso Bay Area. She has been fascinated with color and geometric shapes since grammar school. Diane studied with a number of different artists including the notable abstract expressionist, Bill Gambini, who was part of the NY City art scene of the 1950’s along with Rothko, Pollack and de Kooning.

Diane’s work varies in palette and presentation but always leans towards abstraction. She finds this non-traditional aspect allows her greater freedom of expression.

Diane has shown her work in group exhibitions in California and New York.


Artist’s Statement

Art speaks in many voices – all of them powerful. It can either invite the viewer on an adventure exploring a myriad of emotions or jolt one’s complex, interior wiring like a surge of electricity introducing a deeper experience.

The language of color, texture and the careful allocation of space is different for me each time I approach a canvas. Sometimes I can sense the color palette ahead of time. The imagery can take shape by a single brush stroke or by planning out some of the design with spontaneity taking over. The canvas is worked and reworked building up layers giving the depth of a back story until a solution arrives. The journey is full of intention and intuition.


A painting is not thought out and settled in advance. While it is being done, it changes as one’s thoughts change. And when it’s finished, it goes on changing, according to the state of mind of whoever is looking at it.