Story of An Artist
Di Fry is a West Country based landscape artist known for her use of colour and light. Inspired by the Impressionists, she usually uses her palate knives and brushes to create images of mountains, hills and water. In recent years she has gained inspiration from the Atacama Desert, the Rockies, and, closer to home, the untamed beauty of Dartmoor and the vitality of the Devon and Cornwall coastlines.
Di works in oil, using the texture and richness of the paint to give an almost tactile quality to her work. She often starts work frenetically then, after turning the canvas or board to wall for up to a week, returns several times to add extra layers of paint, subtle flourishes and nuance. Di is very versatile and is always willing to experiment.
Di studied Art to A level before starting a B.Ed Hons Degree (Science), at Bath Spa University. After a break to live in Germany and have children, she gained a degree in Psychology from the Open University. She then qualified as a teacher and worked her way up to deputy head teacher. Throughout her studies and consequent career as a teacher, she painted. Recently Di gave up work as a teacher to focus on her career as an artist fulltime.