Veronique Diriker

Drawing, Painting, Paper / Book / Illustration, Visual / Media

Some days, I want to use bold colors. Other days, I prefer the subtleties of watercolors. Yet other days, I am moved by the black ink of a pen.

Once I have a brush or a pen in my hand, imagination takes over and I uncover a world of wonder where anything is possible… where butterflies fly off the page… giraffes swim with the fish… and cherry trees dance with weeping willows…

Having grown up in Paris, France, I was always surrounded by art. However I didn’t really start painting until a few years ago. Since then, I have had several solo shows, and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my passion with the public. For me, sharing my work makes it come alive. When people are moved by my art - be it a smile or a flutter of the heart – I, too, come alive.

Proceeds the sale of my pieces benefit the Arts & Abilities Fund at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. THANK YOU!

About the Artist

I am a self-taught artist based in Salisbury, Maryland. While I have always enjoyed the arts, and visual arts in particular, I did not start drawing and painting seriously until about 12 years ago, at age 50. My art is where I can find peace, joy, and energy all at once. I work primarily with acrylics, artist markers, colored pencils, and sometimes a combination of all three. Above all, I enjoy using my imagination and creating unexpected scenes.  My influences have evolved over the years, but the constant have been Tamara Natalie Madden, Eduardo Kingman, Amadeo Modigliani, and Paul Gauguin. I love using bold and bright colors in my pieces, and often use absurd elements for humor or surprise. My first two public and solo shows were in Salisbury, MD in 2014 and 2015 at Tony Weeg’s Photo Studio. I also showed a piece at the Salisbury Art Space in 2015, where I won “Best in Show.” The drawing was entitled “La Cage aux Folles,” and represented a flamboyant chicken made with Prismacolor markers. Since then, I have sold my art through Facebook and private showings. Several years ago, I created a fund at our local Community Foundation for artists with disabilities called “The Arts and Abilities Fund.” I felt very strongly about the need to support artists with intellectual, emotional, and physical disabilities in my community. I never imagined I would, one day, become one of these artists with disabilities. About a year ago, I was diagnosed with a large brain tumor. After the surgery, I had to relearn how to use my dominant hand. I could hardly hold a spoon or sign my name, let alone gracefully and intentionally run a paintbrush across a canvas. It took months of challenging work, and I am glad to say, I am almost where I want to be. My personal story has taught me the importance of using art as a therapeutic tool. I look forward to my next adventure of using art to help patients with brain injuries. Life is a series of “happy and not so happy accidents.” In all of this, art is like magic to me: it never ceases to surprise and move me.

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