I feel that the most important aspect of artistic labor is interpretation. Technique is to be valued and learned so it can become a servant, a tool the artist uses to help us experience her particular vision. To me the value of an artistic work is not how much it looks like a particular thing or scene, but how well it transports us to feel, or to discover a truth about the subject at hand. I feel that through interpretation art becomes the expression of a new truth, rather than a snapshot of an old one.
Diane Shur is a graduate of New York City’s High School of Music and Art, class of 1970, and was an Art History major at Brooklyn College. As a young person she also took figure drawing classes at the Art Student’s League in New York. After a hiatus of 26 years, Ms. Shur returned to making art, starting with two years of pottery classes at the Greensboro Art Alliance. After a week-end drawing seminar with Roy Nydorf, Ms. Shur decided to turn her focus to drawing and painting. Over the years she has been a regular at figure drawing studio, and has studied watercolor with Alexis Lavine and Jo Leeds, and pastel and oils with Anne Kiefaber. Diane has exhibited work in four Greensboro Artstock studio tours. In 2006 she won second place in the “Greensboro Visions” show at Two Art Chicks. Her work can currently be seen in the gift shop of Gallery 115 in Greensboro and at the Elodie Goat Farm dining room in Rougemont N.C.
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