MEET MODERN MUSE: DIANA FORBES

Find out how Diana become such an intelligent and blossoming artist

Meet Modern Muse is inspired by The Proust Questionnaire. Proust Questionnaire originated in a parlor game popularised (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature 

 

Short & Sweet.. 

Describe yourself in one word... tenacious

Describe your art in three words... unique, evocative, colourful

What is a “Muse” for you? Probably that feeling that you don't know what it is yet - A muse for me is someone who inspires others to awaken their creativity we all hold within

If I was, I would be...
If I was a historical period in art... Fauvism
If I was a colour... Green umber
If I was a place... Cinque Terre, Italy
If I was a feeling... Restless
If I was an animal... Cat
If I was a pencil or a brush... Pencil
If I want to escape I go.... to the seaside. Water makes everything better
If I could speak with... Barack Obama. I would ask how he manages to always be so calm and composed

 

In more detail... 

Where are you from?

Born in Leipzig, Germany

 

What is the arts community like there?

Leipzig has always been known for art music and architecture, but there is a fast-growing art scene with extremely talented artists

 

Has where you come from shaped who you are as an artist today?

Absolutely! I have been fortunate to have many creatives in my family. Having travelled extensively has added to my work as an artist

 

Where do you live now?

Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire

 

When did you start to think about yourself as an artist?

I have always been creative but only after having my children I allowed myself to freely paint daily. Once collectors showed interest in my works, I finally felt like a real artist

 

What is something you do every day?

Drink good coffee

 

Where does your inspiration come from?

I am mostly inspired by surrounding nature, the change of seasons and light as well as ceramics I have collected over the years. During lockdown, my inspiration has been focused on everyday items at home, still life scenes mainly on my kitchen table and fresh flowers

 

What is your starting point when looking at a blank canvas?

To Gesso and then paint it a darker muted colour to cover up the white background

 

Tell us a secret about one of your works?

One work has a prayer written underneath the layers of paint

 

What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring

 

Who are your Muse(s) in real life?

My children. Watching them play freely reminds me to not take painting too serious, have fun, play, experiment and grow

 

Who is your hero or heroine of fiction?

Kara Danvers

 

What Art Gallery do you love?

Tate Modern

 

What is the best exhibition you have seen in the last year?

No exhibitions in the last year but really looking forward to visiting many later this year

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

You can’t be everyone’s cup of tea

 

What wouldn’t you do without?

My family

 

If you could own a work by 3 different artists, who would be in your collection?

Mitchell Johnson, Laura Jones or Matisse

 

What is your motto?

Surround yourself with positive people

 

 

March 5, 2021
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