Positivity comes more easily to some than it does to others. For Byron Bay artist Diana Miller, optimism runs through her veins and spills out of her into her work. A self-declared ‘happy person by nature’, Diana says she always finds the good in people and in situations.

Her latest series of works presented as our Artist in Focus, fittingly titled ‘An Antidote to Gloom’, channels all the goodness we’re craving more of, and the sunshine we’re constantly searching for. You’ll find notes of happiness in Diana’s collages where layers of golden hues fold and overlap, or in her paintings where solid blocks of deep ochre or bright yellow fill the canvas from top to bottom.

Whether you need it or not, there’s a little bit of joy in this upcoming Artist in Focus and it’s yours for the taking.

September 24 – October 15


Speaking about ‘An Antidote to Gloom’, Diana says:

“I worked with yellow as my base colour, because to me yellow represents sunshine and positivity. Taking inspiration from this golden hue, I want these works in turn to inspire others to find the things in their everyday lives that lift their spirits. I want these works to operate as little beacons of light, to transport the viewer away from the ever-present doom and gloom of the current Covid state.

It is easy to get overwhelmed and feel like we are stuck in this thing forever. So in the meantime, I want to encourage people to choose to find joy and beauty in the everyday.

Essentially the underlying message is a simple one of hope and optimism for the future. For this hard time too shall pass.”

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