A Native of Kazakhstan, Diana Rabinovich has been on a long journey to becoming a professional artist. Years of professional training and a personal quest for unique expression have helped her develop a style that conveys her impressions of the world with sensuality and emotion.
Since a very young age, Diana always carried a drawing pad with her. Although, her parents didn’t approve of an uncertain future, they saw her artistic potential and didn’t stop her from spending time in her uncle’s studio. A known local artist, he taught her the basics of drawing and painting.
It took her years to be able to focus on art full time. The experiences along the way have helped shape her creative self. After spending childhood and adolescence in the former Soviet Union, she moved to Greece and eventually to the United States. She earned degrees in International Business as well as Fine Arts and Graphic Design.
Diana ultimately found herself in the Chicago area where she worked as a corporate graphic designer and continued painting. Years later, she decided to focus on her life passion and reestablish herself as an artist.
Based on her classical training Diana has built a collection of realistic paintings of horses and portraits. Today Diana focuses primarily on landscapes working with oil and acrylics. She continues to search for new areas of inspiration and travels the world to capture her impressions on canvas. Her work is an opportunity to share the most memorable moments and locations and the feelings they elicit.
I derive inspiration from nature and the beauty around me, whether the clouds or the ocean, countryside, a city or a medieval town. The beauty is all around us, all you have to do is to stop for a moment, look around and enjoy the view.
Sky with ever-changing clouds especially captivates me. There are so many colors and textures that transform with every second, you look away and that moment is gone. I take thousands of sunset pictures, but the real colors of those clouds stays only in my memory, that I try to depict on my canvases later on.
I was fortunate to be able to visit some amazing places in the world. The magic of medieval towns, magnificent architecture of big cities and vast, colorful landscapes of the countryside fascinate me. In my paintings I like to experiment with integrating realism and abstraction. Bold and soft colors and a unique combination of brush and palette knife technique result in remarkable nuances in texture and give my paintings expressiveness and movement. My artwork is a personal visual interpretation of the moments and locations that touched me emotionally.
Hello Diana! How would you describe your art to people?
Diana: Through a combination of color and texture, I share beautiful memories of locations I’ve visited and the feelings I experienced during those visits.
What is a like working in your uncle’s studio as a kid?
Diana: My uncle was a professional artist who specialized on realistic portraits. He introduced me to the art world by inviting me to his studio. Being there was intimidating at first. When I stepped inside, I found myself surrounded by a beautiful creative mess. There were paint tubes and brushes everywhere, easels and canvases of all sizes along the walls, and that wonderful smell of fresh oil paint was so intoxicating! I met his fellow artists and sculptors who were incredible. They inspired me to learn. In my lessons, among other things, I studied form and perspective, light and value. I spent countless hours drawing simple objects until I learned some tricks and developed a steady hand.
What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Diana: I find it challenging sometimes to venture into something I have never attempted before. I do enjoy testing my creative abilities and try to push myself toward new experiences. A few years ago I was commissioned to produce a large scale painting for the Chicago Children’s Museum. The challenge was to create a painting for a boat exhibit on giant cutout letters that spell BOATS. The letters didn’t even fit into my studio all together. To make a cohesive landscape was a little tricky. I enjoyed working on it and loved how everything turned out. The final artwork was placed on the front wall of the exhibit and looked amazing.
What Does Your Average Work Day Look Like?
Diana: I paint from a studio at my home. The most productive time for me is the late morning when I have the most energy and no disruptions. When I have an idea, that moment of inspiration, I paint for hours until I’m satisfied with the outcome. Sometimes, I work on several projects simultaneously, but occasionally, I leave a painting in progress for days or months, and come back to finish it later or redo it completely.
You’ve moved to US. How much is your art still influenced by your homeplace? And how has your style changed or evolved over the years?
Diana: At an early age I was obsessed with horseback riding. Naturally, my first body of work consisted mostly of equestrian paintings and pencil drawings. Representative realism was my preferred style at the time. I wanted to learn how to depict a subject matter as detailed and accurate to nature as possible. At home surrounded by art books, I also copied some works of famous artists, learning their techniques and styles. Much later when I moved to the US, I studied fine art in college as a part of my visual communication degree. This experience opened up a lot of creative freedom. I began to experiment with different styles and techniques and my paintings became more expressive and original. I’ve also been fortunate to travel to beautiful destinations around the world, something I never thought possible growing up in the former Soviet Union.
How did you first become interested in landscape painting?
Diana: I’ve worked in different styles and genres in the past, experimenting with various media. However, landscape painting is something that I enjoy the most, somehow it feels natural to me. I want to paint what inspires me, whether it is a sandy beach and ocean waves or a street of a little town or a skyline of a big city. I love that through landscapes I can tell stories of wonderful scenery and also convey my emotions at the same time.
What motivates you as an artist? Is it curiosity, the search for beauty or meaning?
Diana: Search for beauty and emotional expression are great motivators to me. While observing the world around me, I am fascinated by variety of ways beauty can be expressed. It moves me and stirs up my imagination. When I travel, I’m enchanted by historic towns and ancient cities, there is mystery in them. I take countless pictures wherever I go and later I reflect those moments on canvas attempting to recreate the beauty and mood of those experiences. I find beauty everywhere. It brings joy to my heart by taking me back to places where I felt moved.
What is your most recent piece of art that you have enjoyed working on the most?
Diana: It is really hard for me to pick one. Every painting has a special place in my heart. But if I have to choose, I would pick the ”Rush”. I was walking with my dog one evening and saw this stormy sky split up on the horizon and the traffic rushing down the street. The contrast of dark and light in the sky, bright lights of moving cars and awareness of storm approaching, created a sense of drama. The scene was simple but mesmerizing. I immediately wanted to reflect that on canvas.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Diana: The most memorable responses are when I hear from viewers or customers that they have an emotional connection with my painting, that it brings back good memories or take them to a happy place. Then I feel that I succeeded with that particular piece.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Diana: As much as I want to be at the galleries having exhibitions and mingle with people, it is not feasible under the current circumstances. The internet is the fastest and easiest way to see my work and get in touch. Your readers can visit my website www.dianarabinovichart.com, my Instagram page or connect with me on Facebook. For prices and inquiries email me at email@example.com
What’s next on the horizon for Diana?
Diana: I’ll continue to explore new possibilities and innovative ways that will help me improve my techniques and bring my art to the next level. It’s a never-ending quest for me. I also would like to get more exposure, introduce my art to a larger audience. Finally, I look forward to traveling again to find more inspiration and meet more talented interesting people.