May 27, 2017 to June 25, 2017

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Diane Langley

I begin my day with a walk, often down the woods road near where I live on Westport Island. It is here that I feel close to nature. As I look and listen, I hear a murmur. Nature speaks in her own language. Over the years, I have learned to slow down and be still on these walks. This murmur is what compels me to try to interpret what I experience in line, shape, and texture on paper.
My translation is loose at best. I am still listening.

Diane Langley Bio
A Maine native, Diane has rooted deep into the fabric of the land and waters. At an early age, Langley learned about having a passion for life. Her father, an avid sailor took her as a toddler on the water and showed her the beauty and mystery of Casco Bay. A natural story teller, her father also lent a rich twist to these weekend sails which included pirates, their coves and black hulls. Langley’s own imagination swept her along, finding her own expression in drawing. She made her first marks on the brown paper from the Wall Street Journal. When that paper proved too small, she graduated to the huge roll of white shelf paper hidden in her mother’s closet. Fast forward to college and printmaking on the beautiful papers available. Langley even tried her hand in paper making and printing on them. More years passed. Still compelled to make marks on paper, she began to explore Sumi ink. The result was a daily practice using Sumi ink as a meditation tool. That curiosity broadened into the combination of oil stick, oils and graphite on paper.


MFA in Visual Arts, Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont 1996

BFA, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine 1994
AS, University of Maine Augusta, Augusta, Maine 1992
Recent Exhibitions/Awards/Honors:

On the Edge, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA 2008

Wax It, Mill Pond Gallery, New Hampshire 2008

The Diptych Project, The Whitney Art Works, Portland, Maine 2008

Ames Pond, Isalos, Stonington, Maine 2007
Great Spruce Head Island Show, Handworks Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine 2007
Encaustic II, Gatley Gallery, New Hampshire 2007
Time Out, Center of Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine 2007
Water, Center of Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine 2005

Fe-Mail, Lake Forest Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois 2001
Fellowship, Great Spruce Head Island Art Week, Maine 2006
Partial Fellowship, Vermont Studio center, Johnson, Vermont 2005

Fellowship, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois 2001
Magna Cum Laude, University of Maine, Gorham, Maine 1994

High Distinction, University of Maine Augusta 1992
The Charles Gordon Award for Art Achievement, University Maine Augusta 1992

Monitor’s Award in Artist’s Book, Haystack, Deer Isle, Maine 1991

Diane Langley

A native of Maine, I live and have my studio on Westport Island. I paint primarily in oils and Encaustic. My paintings are inspired by my deep connection to mystery and alchemy. My most recent encaustics, molten wax on wood panels, were inspired by repeated patterns found both in textiles and the Japanese Shoji screens. This is not the first time I have been inspired by repeated patterns. My early background was in weaving and I have always been drawn to the repetition of like objects. One such series was from the stitch called Sashiko, which was, used for mending as well as on new garments, futon covers etc. Even cleaning cloths called Zokin were once made with the Sashiko stitch to hold multiple layers of cloth together. I am drawn to the mystery of the wax process that with the addition of heat changes and beckons, inviting wondrous effects in the wax, allowing certain colors to fuse and others to become transparent.

I earned my BFA from the University of Southern Maine and my MFA from Vermont College. I travel to renew my spirit and to experience different locals. I attend artist’s retreats to find that commodity time, time to create, to think, to be. Ragdale in Lake Forest, Illinois and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont are two where I have spent time. Two years ago I went to “Art Week” where 12 of us spent a week on an island in Penobscot Bay. The Porter Foundation owns this magical place. Great Spruce Head Island was the summer home to both Fairfield and Elliot Porter. Another favorite is Anam Cara, an artist’s and writer’s retreat in Ireland on the West Beara peninsula. I have designed my own artist retreat for March in Ireland staying in Garryowen Cottage by the water in Moyard.

I show my work primarily in Maine and New England. And have also been included in exhibitions in Ireland and the Midwest.

Diane Langley

Artist Statement:
My work is an ongoing exploration into creating a visual language. I am interested in images, images that speak to the rural landscape where I live, the daily walks in the woods, the way the land meets the sea, the old apple trees that still inhabit the land. I try to live a simple life here on an island off the coast of Maine. I try for a slower pace that gives me time to process what I come into contact with on a daily basis. I am a gatherer of information whose meaning unfolds over time.