From a press release:
The Grand Bohemian Gallery introduces the lush narrative art of Diane LaRose-Weaver
Join us in welcoming the artist at a reception
Friday, August 8, 5-7:30 p.m.
The Grand Bohemian Gallery introduces two series of works by Diane LaRose-Weaver. “Imagined Circus” and “Travelers.”
“My work is driven by the desire to communicate ideas and observations through objects, textiles and figures to tell a story with paint,” says LaRose-Weaver. “Expressive figures and tapestries as well as patterns and images are painted on canvas, visions evolving from memories and imaginings from travels and nature.”
About her circus series:
“In the mist of almost forgotten memories, I keep my circus,” she says. “Life is a circus. We all joined the circus when we decided to be members of the human race. At one time or another we play the clown. We, willing or not, do things that are daring for us and require courage.
“We perform daily and sometimes attempt to accomplish the impossible.”
Diane LaRose-Weaver lives and paints full time in her studio in Asheville, N.C. She has made the Asheville area home since 1989. Diane grew up in Michigan where at the age of 12 she was awarded a first place National Merit Art Award for a colored pencil rendering of an icon. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University after attending Western Michigan University and the Center for Creative Studies College of Art and Design in Detroit as a scholarship student. While a student at the Center for Creative Studies she was awarded the Best of Show Award for a gouache painting which resulted in a job for an international advertising agency, Campbell-Ewald. In Michigan she held various positions as art director, studio creative director, illustrator and graphic designer. She was awarded five national Awards of Merit in the Eastman Kodak International Design Competition.
Before coming to Asheville, Diane and her husband Dick traveled extensively and lived aboard a sail boat in the Caribbean. Since coming to Asheville, Diane has authored two books for Sterling Publishing Company and Altamont Press, Inc. as well as provided illustrations for several other books. Diane works in oils on canvas or heavy parchment. Her paintings are mostly figurative, sometimes ornate, sometimes very detailed with a mysterious overcast and a little bit of magic. She is currently working on her imagined circus.