Artist Statement


Dianna Shea O’Briant uses a love of symbolism and feminism to lead her career of illustration and surface design using watercolor, silk, and digital painting. Exploring through line drawings and watercolors, delicate and ethereal silk works, as well as experimental canvases such as Dura-Lar, she works mainly using her skills from traditional illustration mediums to a new world of surface design and fibers.

    With a keen eye for detail and organization, she creates delicate and methodical images portraying organic creations of life including nature and women. These themes are expressed with motifs such as the complexities of the female human figure’s curvatures and animals and their many conceptual meanings in many different human cultures. Along with these themes, mythology, and nature are encompassing her overall concepts, weaving their stories and characters into her drawings and paintings.


Dianna Shea O’Briant is an artist and surface designer currently living in Seaside, CA. She holds a BFA in illustration and Art History from the Memphis College of Art and uses a love of nature and art to lead her career of Illustration and Surface Design using watercolors, inks, digital painting, and silk painting.

She has 5 years of experience leading docent tours in museums, and galleries, workshops for basic illustration and painting techniques, sketch booking skills, and children's programming such as art camps, classes, and family activities working alongside the education departments at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, TN and now at the Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, CA. You can find her drawing, watering plants, or baking when she is not making her own fine art.