Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Artist of The Week - Dyan Whyte

Dyan Whyte is the artist behind the artwork of Where Ava Dreams.  Her artwork is both imaginative and inspirational.  The first thing that appealed to me about Dyan's work is the tenderness in which she expresses her subjects.  I love the soft images and caring faces that come to life in her paintings.

Dyan is a writer of stories for children and a painter.  Her artwork is inspired by her childhood imaginings.  While researching her work, I found this beautiful quote written by Dyan:

Dyan is originally from Jamaica.  She moved to Canada a little over a year and a half ago.  Dyan has been writing, painting and creating since she was a little girl.  After studying communications in graduate school, she decided to take herself seriously as an artist and pursue a creative path.

When asked what her favorite part of her work is, she replied, "I feel as if I am a very, very lucky person because I followed my heart and made a radical life change and my family supported me. The parts of my work that I love the most are the tactile physical act of painting - mixing paint, putting it unto paper and watching the effects which can be quite spontaneous with watercolour! The other part that I love is being inspired, that picture or dream that flashes into my mind unexpectedly and the process of trusting an unseen force that guides each step of the piece as it comes to life. I'm feeling that especially right now as I work on my new collection debuting this Winter..."

Here is my favorite painting by Dyan entitled "I Will Call You Friend".
I Will Call You Friend

If you'd like to read more about Dyan, visit her blog at Where Ava Dreams.  Her blog is full of inspirational posts and beautiful photos of her work.  If you are interested in seeing the artwork that Dyan has available to purchase visit one of her websites. Her Etsy site is Little Doll Whimsies and her other website is The Where Ava Dreams Store.  I'm sure you will fall in love with Dyan's work, just like I did!  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Stacie


Dyan said...

(((Stacie)))Thank you for having me and my work on your blog today! It's wonderful to be able to share with and others about what I do and why I do it and I appreciate this gesture so very much.

stacie said...

No problem Dyan, I enjoyed it!

Cait said...


Thank you for this post. I love Dyan's work too and I looove artists supporting each other! Very sweet.

Also, thanks for stopping by my space. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I've been mending from travels and a little nasty bug of some sort. :-)

Happy weekend!

your fellow coconut,

stacie said...

Thanks Cait! Hope you are feeling better!

Leaves and Feathers said...

Lovely paintings, there is such a gentle sweetness to them. Dyan's spirit just shines!