Alaska Artist Dianne Roberson
As a young artist, I traveled every summer to the mountains where I sketched Native Americans expressing their creativity through pottery, weaving, beadwork, carving, and dancing. It was this tradition of recording their lives with art that bonded me to these distant Cherokee relatives. I have painted these artistic native people throughout North, South, and Central America. My Alaskan paintings are a continuation of these experiences, and a hope to create lasting visual images of native people and their traditions.
Through the years, my life has taken me on many journeys far from my roots. I was drawn to Alaska, as if a magnet was pulling me back to nature. I didn't choose to come here, I simply could not stay away. My Northern Light Series was born on a January excursion. In the cold dark night surrounded by silence near the top of the world, I saw magnetic pulses of light. It was ten degrees below zero as the many colors of reflected lights were magnified by the accumulation of snow on the ground. An intense emotion encompassed me and I understood why our ancestors were so awed, even frightened, by the luminous dances of the Northern Lights. I have been compelled to paint this unending series in many veins and under many different influences since. My interpretation of the Aurora Borealis includes the human figure or wildlife to give a definition of scale as well as to celebrate the joyous Alaskan spirit.
My Marine Life Series was inspired by my sailing and scuba diving adventures in many parts of the world. Painting in Alaska has taken me to glaciers and seaports that challenge me with their dramatic weather conditions. These new experiences are my latest paintings.
The daily visual enjoyments surrounding me in this beautiful state of Alaska give me the emotional satisfaction that is necessary for me to paint. My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous surfaces that emanate a mystic light and give my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature.