Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association
Sumi-e - Darlene Dihel
(Photo courtesy of Darlene Dihel)
Sumi-e: Black Ink Painting.
Before Darlene discovered sumi, she attended Central Washington College to study education and discovered a talent in art.
The abstract expressionist era pre-dominated the arts at that time.
experimented with different media, but favored the spontaneity of water-based paints.
Through the years she
has painted with acrylics and watercolors, but eventually returned to her
passion - sumi-e.
At the present time, Darlene
still studies the traditional Japanese sumi painting, but adds Asian watercolors.
In the last few years she
has added collage to her
work as well as approaching her
paintings in an abstract style to which she
worked in earlier years.
Since sumi painting is not well-known in the Western world, Darlene's mission is to promote an awareness and understanding of sumi-e.
enters shows, teaches children and adult workshops, participates in festivals, and does demonstrations.
has won several awards including Best of Show at Seattle's Convention Center
Darlene's journey as a sumi artist is passionate as she
experiments with the black ink, watercolors, and collage materials in an innovative direction.