Twisted Brick Studios, Palisade, CO
Growing up in Wyoming gave Dianna a strong sense of space and a deep appreciation of shape that propelled her journey into art. The wide-open spaces broken only by an occasional cluster of trees, cows, or ranch buildings, provided her with a deep appreciation for simplicity and compostion. Always fascinated by shape and composition, Fritzler discovered the wonder of black and white photography.
At age 25, with her camera, backpack and her best friend, Fritzler took a hiatus that changed every aspect of her life. She backpacked around the world for a year, stopping at every art venue available. Fritzler was smitten with fine art
and knew it would be a life-long love affair.
Upon returning from her travels, Fritzler opened an advertising/PR firm with two colleagues in Denver, CO, got married and started a family. After several years her husband was transferred to the western slope of Colorado and Dianna continued her artistic journey in Grand Junction, taking up oil painting
Since then she has shown in numerous local, regional and national exhibitions, is represented by five galleries and values her collectors around the world.
In speaking of her fine art
, she says, "I am fascinated by nature; from snowy peaks to lusty eggplants. I celebrate it all through my work. Painting is the nucleus of serenity for me. When I paint, I retreat into the profound journey of living in the moment with complete awareness, acceptance and joy. My ultimate goal is to share that with others."
"Red has become my core color. From there everything else emerges," Fritzler notes. With solid outlines, she defines distinctive spaces and planes. She then layers oil paint
, sometimes scraping away to reveal colors beneath the surface. There can often be five or more layers of paint each applied with a variable technique, from scrubbing lightly with an assortment of paintbrushes to applying dense blankets of paint with a palette knife. Encaustics
(painting with hot wax) is also a favorite medium for Fritzler. Tapping into her moods and inner images and thoughts, contemporary abstracts flow with the movement of the warm wax. "It's a great exercise in surrender for me," says Fritzler. "I literally have to go with the flow when I paint with wax." Her newest encaustics can be seen at Schilling Gallery in Telluride, CO or at her home studio and gallery, Twisted Brick Studios, in Palisade.