Here is a profile of abstract artist Diana Jo Hoffman, Cornerstone’s artist of the month for July 2018.
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
My name is Diana Jo Hoffman and I am an abstract artist based in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Since 2015, I have been creating abstract works of art that are inspired by music—building layers of color and line to capture the rhythym, tone, and lyricism of my imagination. In 2017, I earned a B.A. in art and art history from Lebanon Valley College.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
When I work on visual music paintings it feels like nothing exists but me, the music I am listening to, and the painting that I am creating. I feel free. I have often said that when I listen to music while painting, my hand becomes detached and develops a mind of its own as I get lost in the process of creating a work of art. By revealing the interaction between music and abstract art, I want to create an enjoyable and inspiring experience for the viewer.
While I favor working with oils and acrylic paints, I enjoy working in all types of mediums. My work can also reflect the way certain songs make me feel while painting.
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
I am inspired musically by Broadway songs, and visually by Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe. These influences are my starting point, as I allow each painting to become what it wants to become.
Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
No. There are a couple of works that hold significant meaning for me, such as the first work I created titled I Never Imagined Such Wonder, 2015.
What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
Create. Explore. Art is an ever-evolving process. There are no mistakes in art. Just enjoy. Don’t overthink or try to overwork a creation. Have fun.