Gourd art by Robert Rivera, painting by Yellowman and more at the Torres Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tortoise shell and gourd wall sculpture by Robert Rivera

For artist Dyanne Strongbow, the move from commercial art to fine art was a natural step. For 10 years she developed her skills as a commercial artist working for state agencies in Texas.

As a result of her increased awareness of her native American heritage, Dyanne developed a unique format to explore that background. That search led her to the use of negative space, which has become the most recognizable feature in her design style. Her explorations of the cultures and lifestyles of the American Indian are overlaid shadow figures, delicately painted to attract exploration be the viewer.

In addition to her fine art, Dyanne still enjoys the challenge of developing commercial art related projects. These projects range from book illustrations, logo designs, album covers, T-shirt designs and custom paintings for prints and posters.

Dyanne has earned numerous awards, including the 1996 Easter Seals of New Mexico Holiday card competition, as well as placing first in the Downs of Santa Fe print competition twice. Her works can be found in the collections of the Kirtland Air Force Base and the city council of Tokyo, Japan, and have been published by ZooScape magazine, the KNME Program Guide, and Highlights For Children.

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