Interview with May’s Featured Artist of the Month: Diane Iovanov
May 2, 2017
What inspires you?
There is so much to draw from Creation itself: trees, birds, flowers, the ocean, a stream … my pets. I am often inspired by how light falls on these subjects.
Although my art is visual, I am also influenced by music, especially, Yann Tiersen, The Airborne Toxic event, Passenger, Agnes Obel, Johnny Cash, and Hank Snow. Individual instruments, like the piano, violin, and how these create a mood and feeling also inspire my art.
Often times it’s a quote I’ll read that inspires me to take a photo and play with it. Other times, it's a sentence in a book I’m reading.
Who was your mentor?
My Aunt Marge is someone who first awoke a desire in me to create. When she would visit us in Newfoundland, I was about five. She always brought with her a new art project she was working on: painting fabric, knitting, crocheting & her candy making skills.
My dad was also always making things around our house in Newfoundland. When I was four, he would give me sawed off pieces of wood. I would make cars out of them. Also, he used to carve with a chisel set. This is another creative avenue I’d like to pursue.
Which piece are you most proud of?
That’s a hard choice, but if I have to pick just one, a photo I had taken in Paris, France, that I played around with it in Topaz Impressions. I applied The Turner Storms effect and then played with lighting and hues. The other is my daughter holding an umbrella in Toronto that I altered in Photoshop.
What are you currently working to improve?
Right now I’m working on jewelry, specifically, wire wrapped rocks. There are so many types of wire wrapping and many options of what to include. I tend to like the antique copper best. YouTube has been amazing on learning new techniques.
What is the biggest change in your art now compared to five years ago?
Five Years ago, art was what I needed to deal with depression and life changes. At that time I usually processed a picture a day on my Flickr account: Copperdog~Diane.
I sought out a few classes on what interests I had at the time: painting, bookbinding, silk screening and jewelry. Just over a year ago I put it all on hold. I put my artwork aside to concentrate on another important part of my life. I have just recently emerged back in as it has to be part of my life.
This is who I am. I’m just learning to balance it all out.
What is your current goal?
I’d love to understand my camera & lighting. My eyes see more than I can capture. Sometimes I can alter it with photo programs. But it would be amazing to do it with the camera.
Thank you, Diane, for being May’s featured artist. Diane’s artwork and jewelry are currently for sale at jessjungton.com and will be available for purchase during the month of May 2017.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for June’s featured artist.