Doriane Heyman

Born and raised in the Netherlands where she attended the University of Utrecht, Doriane lived in several European countries. In addition to studying art abroad she completed numerous art courses and workshops in California. Originally an oil painter, she now concentrates on watercolor
and acrylic on canvas .

A signature member of the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Society of Western Artists, she has won numerous prizes and had several one-person shows, amongst others at Stanford University and the Elizabeth Norton Gallery in Palo Alto, and has been represented by a number of galleries, especially in Carmel. Her work can be found in private collections in the U.S., England. France, Holland and Mexico and in the gallery “Art Obsessions” in Truckee, CA.
 She has lectured on her work at the University of California at Berkeley.

Artist Statement

From an early age I have had an immense love of color and form, which eventually led me to painting. Nowadays I paint because I must.
Having grown up in the Netherlands, I find that Europe is a strong source of inspiration and maybe it is my background that makes water such an important subject matter in my work. I am attracted by the mystery of it, the depth, sometimes revealing a lot, sometimes opaque, not giving anything away, always evoking a myriad of different moods. The stillness of water between old buildings, a quiet moment where time seems to have stood still and where we are surrounded by history, by ancient and modern times blended together, a glimpse of eternity.
Whether I paint a French street scene or a composition with boats, the underlying themes are universal. Much of my work deals with the interplay of dark and light, both in technique and in mood. Other paintings are purely joyful to me, a riot of colors and shapes that celebrate the delight that can be found in the ordinary. Perhaps happiness is this ability to see and enjoy the uniqueness and beauty of the mundane things in life.

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