Artistic abilities came to me suddenly after a relapse from Multiple Sclerosis and worsening traumatic brain injury in 2017. This became the spark that fired something in me and has led me to a life as a full-time artist in Sarasota, FL. I am retired due to disability and this has afforded me the opportunity to delve in deeply and create constantly.
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Ms. De Avila is a US Army Disabled Veteran and digital contemporary artist who discovered art ability after a relapse from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and worsening traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2017. The rewiring happened quickly and dramatically, like a lightening strike. Something changed and she noticed a loss in short-term memory and an increase in a capability to understand colors and space - translating into art. She continues to translate her experience and perceptions into the eclectic and sometimes modern or mind-bending style that can be seen throughout her art. While her artwork is very different from piece to piece - utilizing different colors and shapes - the techniques are very consistent. She says that the process of creating art feels perfectly intuitive to her now. This intuitive process often leads her to the creation of one-of-a kind artworks that are unable to be easily replicated. Diana is a former engineer and also a former school psychologist - her brain tends to process things very literally and quantitatively. This can often be seen throughout her art. She tends to live life using more the left side of her brain working through a series of algorithms.
She engages in complex fractal art as well as modern abstracts. Her medium is completely digital and she has leveraged up to 8 (out of 20+) software applications to complete each piece. Currently, she prints her work on HD metal panels and HD acrylic sheets. She feels that these mediums best display some of the intricacies and complexities found in her work. Because of it’s digital nature, her artwork can be resized from small to large scale. She appreciates the flexibility that a digital medium provides and feels that this flexibility fits who she is as an artist.