Artist of the Month

Horses are a favorite
subject matter for artist Dine

Her exhibit features
work with an antique quality

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (May 2011) – After living in Florida for 15 years, artist Darlene Dine moved to Kentucky and found a new passion: painting horses. Having spent years in the photographic and portrait retouching industry, she can now freely capture on canvas the spirited nature of the horse.

Darlene Dine

Photo provided

La Grange artist
Darlene Dine was chosen
to be included in the Governor’s Derby Exhibit
at the state Capitol
in Frankfort.

“I’m fascinated by horses standing in a pasture or grazing,” said Dine, 49. The La Grange resident can literally look out of her back window and become inspired. Dine primarily works in oils. She started out with acrylics but switched to oils when she found that acrylics dry too quickly. With oil painting, she found the patience to pursue this medium the older she got.
Before taking the plunge into oil painting, “I had heard that the blending of the paint is a lot easier. You have a more special effects range, also.”
Dine said she can create a nice, bonding technique with oils that produce realistic paintings. She prefers portraits and landscapes, referring to herself as a portrait sketch artist.
This Canton, Ohio native likes to venture into various mediums once she has mastered a certain style or technique. Her challenge to herself each day is to be original and unique.
Dine is the featured Artist of the Month for May at Gallery 104 in La Grange. Her work will showcase her equine art and include a number of graphite pencil sketches, a medium not typical to most Derby art shows.
She chose to challenge herself to work in pencil because “sometimes you have to pull back from painting and go back to the basics of drawing.” The black and white result also helps point out detail that might otherwise be overlooked.
“Darlene is one of our most prolific and diverse artists,” said Kathy Dowling, Executive Director of the Arts Association of Oldham County’and Gallery 104. “She works in several two dimensional mediums including oil, acrylic and graphite pencil as well as photography.”
The only art instruction Dine had was a Commercial Art course in which her instructor gave her some of the best advice she had ever heard by saying, “If you can’t draw it, you can’t paint it,” said Dine. She has been a member of the Arts Association of Oldham County for a year.

Dine Painting

Photo provided

Darlene Dine's exhibit includes several
graphite pencil sketches of horses.

“I would always go in and look at the beautiful art hanging at Gallery 104,” she said. The gallery and local shops were “an inspiration for me and sparked an interest in me to start painting again. So I got out my canvas and paint and went at it.”
Dine relocated to Kentucky in 2006 to be closer to family and friends. She had previously ran a freelance portrait business in Florida. “I like old photographs. When they are drawn well in pencil, they resemble old-time photography.” Dine lived in Denver, Colo., eight years before moving to Florida.
She paints a lot from photographs she has taken and reproduces much of her own work from high resolution files she has made. “I like to be different and try new things,” said Dine.
One of the most exciting things that has happened to her recently is the inclusion of one of her paintings in the Governor’s Derby Exhibit. More than 200 entries were submitted to the Kentucky Arts Council, and Dine was one out of 26 artists chosen to participate. Her 16x20-inch oil painting, Kentucky Rolling Hillside, is hanging in the Capitol building in Frankfort, Ky.
She was inspired to paint the landscape by driving around the L’Esprit equestrian community in Oldham County. She took pictures that she later went through and “something sparked something in me to choose one and paint it. It’s a typical Kentucky scene,” said Dine.
The painting depicts green grass and a small fence casting a shadow on the ground. Springtime was the theme of the show, she said.
By venturing out from time to time in her artwork, Dine said this is “part of the experience of being an artist and focusing on what I want to create as an artist.”

• For more information on the Artist of the Month exhibit, contact Gallery 104 at (502) 222-3822 or visit www.Gallery104.org or www.aaooc.org.

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