Featured Artist Dianna Fritzler

Artist Dianna Fritzler uses layers of oil and cold wax to create engaging abstract paintings. Find more of her portfolio by visiting her website.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Dianna Fritzler

“Steamin’ Joe” oil and cold wax, 30″ x 30″

 

Growing up in Wyoming gave me a deep appreciation for wide open spaces and western art. I didn’t formally study art in school, but instead majored in journalism at the University of Wyoming. But I would be in the darkroom at all hours of the day and night developing my black and white photography.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Dianna Fritzler

“Counting in my Sleep” oil and cold wax, 24″ x 36″

 

That was the beginning of my passion for art. Somehow, it rather accidentally morphed into painting over the years. At the age of twenty-five, I quit my public relations job and backpacked around the world for a year with a dear friend. Visiting every art museum and architectural site we could is what sealed my absolute desire to paint.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Dianna Fritzler

“It’s in the Journey” oil and cold wax, 24″ x 36″

 

An incredible artist from Grand Junction, Colorado took me under her wing, taught me how to paint from my heart and how to break art “rules” that didn’t work for me. I will forever thank her!

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Dianna Fritzler

“Playground Paradise” oil and cold wax, 30″ x 30″

 

It has been nearly twenty years since my genesis as a professional artist. My art continues to change as I learn, explore and experience new journeys in my life. I primarily paint with cold wax and oil, which is like working with frosting. I even use some baking tools to apply and remove paint during this textural, multi-layered process.

 

abstract oil and cold wax by Dianna Fritzler

“Dancin’ in the Moonlight” oil and cold wax, 36″ x 36″

 

Each painting begins with vibrant colors and wild mark-making. From there I edit, layer by layer, until I find a happy balance between excitement and calm.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Dianna Fritzler

“Tipping Point” oil and cold wax, 12″ x 12″

 

While my color can be wild and free flowing, my compositions and shapes are much more controlled and defined.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Dianna Fritzler

“City Synergy” oil and cold wax, 16″ x 16″

 

Often, my paintings will have ten to twenty-five layers of paint. Each layer offers the challenge of not only what to add, but what to take away.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Dianna Fritzler

“Windows to the World” oil and cold wax, 24″ x 36″

 

I typically don’t start a painting with an idea of what I want it to be. I simply allow the shapes, colors, lines and space within each layer direct me where to go next. It’s quite a lengthy and fun dance we have!

 

abstract oil and cold wax by Dianna Fritzler

“Peace in the Confusion” oil and cold wax, 12″ x 12″

 

My other absolute passion is teaching. I’m honored to be a faculty member at the Art Students League of Denver. I also teach numerous other workshops throughout the country. Constantly meeting new artists and sharing ideas, techniques and inspiration brings me great joy.

 

abstract oil and cold wax painting by Dianna Fritzler

“Days Like This” oil and cold wax, 12″ x 12″

 

I love working with people and have developed a mentoring arm of my business. Currently, I work with several artists/students around the country in a virtual format to help them grow in their creative endeavors. I’ll be expanding those mentorship opportunities in the very near future. I’m so thankful that I get to do what I love nearly every day—paint and play with other people! What could be better?!

 

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