“A Day in the Life” with Calgary Visual Artist Diana T

Diana T is an incredible artist who possesses a unique ability to see life, colour, and whimsy in everything around her. With a soul bursting with creativity, she found solace and inspiration in the world of paper and mixed media during her challenging journey alongside her son’s battle with cancer and her own path of grief. Diana pours her heart and soul into her artwork, infusing each piece with a deep love that can be felt by anyone who encounters her creations. Her artistic style has evolved over the years, now encompassing elements of nostalgia, warmth, vulnerability, and love. She fearlessly combines various mediums such as paper, markers, coloured pencils, paint, and even glitter, resulting in captivating and multidimensional works of art. When you gaze upon Diana’s art, you can’t help but be transported into a realm of imagination and inspiration. What began as a response to deep loss and grief has blossomed into a manifestation of pure and honest love. Through her art, Diana invites others to explore their own emotions and find solace in the beauty that can be found amidst life’s challenges. Her ability to capture the essence of love, both in its purest form and in the face of adversity, is truly remarkable. Diana’s artistic journey continues to evolve, as she seeks to touch the hearts and souls of those who encounter her work. With each stroke of her brush and placement of paper, she invites us to embrace the magic and wonder that can be found in every moment of life. Diana’s art is a testament to the transformative power of creativity, reminding us all to find beauty and joy even in the most difficult of circumstances.

-Written by Monica Shepherd, sister of Diana

Diana T
Many of my ideas and inspiration start in the cosy small space
Diana T
At the RAW Canada Art show in Calgary last year (January and October of 2023)
It’s a really amazing show that brings a big audience and lets you display the majority of your original pieces
Whimsy Whale – mixed media illustration – available in original art print (sizes 8×8 or 12×12)
Morning on the Farm – mixed media collage. I create all of my own patterned paper  – this piece is available in original art print (8″x8″) – the original is sold
Diana T
Another RAW Canada show in June 2023 – all these shows are at Contemporary Calgary downtown
Diana T
Joyful Snail – mixed media collage – available in original art print (size 8×8) – this piece is also the first one I gave a workshop in – 10 people created their own version of this snail


Which ‘hood are you in?

I live in the old, green and very quiet neighbourhood of Woodlands in the SW.

What do you do?

I work primarily from home doing what I can to promote and shine light on my artwork.

What are you currently working on?

I am looking to start offering art classes/workshops to small groups, taking one piece of my artwork, and letting others delve into it, creating their own piece with self-creativity and imagination.

Where can we find your work?

My artwork is available on my website or my Instagram. I encourage people to connect with me.


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