Realistic artist Diane Jorstad, a Registered Nurse, was not aware of the impact taking an art class with a friend would have on her life. The Western Pennsylvania native soon found herself winning Best of Show and First Place Awards at art shows prompting requests from local stores wanting to sell her artwork, as well as exhibiting her art at Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA, Inspirosity Gallery, Beaver, PA.
A few of the galleries where Jorstad has sold her artwork are ‘Blackwood Galleries’, Pittsburgh PA, ‘Art 3', Manchester NH, ‘Dargate Gallery’, Pittsburgh PA and ‘From the Heart’, Somerset, PA. She has been hired by Butler Community College and Lenape Vocation Tech School to teach oil painting adult education classes. Her artwork is on the cover of the “Art Calendar” magazine, December 2005 and she was accepted for an art residency program in South Carolina, and freelances with a local company ‘Kay Berry’ doing design art and clay sculpting.
When family matters limited her time, Jorstad kept active with her art as a commission artist through her website, www.dianejorstad.com.
Jorstad’s many commissions have enable her to paint a variety of subject matter and use different mediums. She has painted portraits of children, adults, homes and pets for private clients. Her gallery art consists of landscapes, floral and still life art in oil. Jorstad’s favorite mediums are acrylic, oil and colored pencil art, done in a soft realism with the use of light and shadows.
A realist at heart, the things that attract my interest for a painting are the ordinary things around me. Landscapes, a flower, or items in my home that could be a still life artwork capture my attention and inspire me. The ordinary can take on amazing beauty with a change of light or color.
A landscape has patterns that we take for granted. They can be clouds, trees, water, flowers enhanced by the light of the day, which changes constantly. The beauty of flowers can be captured in a landscape, still life or as stand-alone artwork. They each have different patterns in petals with their center, (stamen, stigmas, a pistil) individually designed.
Your home is full of interesting items. Mine is full of beautiful ceramics made by my mother as well as gifts from friends and loved ones. Put them together with flowers, fruit, or fabrics, and all you need is some special lighting to create a still life design.
Colors, lights, dark, contrast and patterns bring my art together in a realistic traditional style.