Tree study, 16 x 12 in, Watercolor, acrylic, graphite, 2022
To draw the forest is to study complex relationships. Below are a few of the direct studies Diamond has made that indirectly underlie and inform her complex and dynamic paintings. This is how she describes it:
I keep drawings like these visible in order to make larger paintings, not to copy, but to conjure. My first hours at a scene I’m scratching at surfaces. Thereafter, drawing and painting take over, it’s not about the scene anymore, it’s in me and I’m in it.