Calling from Adelaide, South Australia, Sarina Diakos is privy to some of the most unique landscapes, equal in severity as they are beauty. The locale informs Sarina’s paintings, both in colour and composition, though some of Adelaide’s harsher features are made supple in the work’s portrayal. Early in the morning, from the balcony of her elevated studio, Sarina works with a “soft and beautiful” light source. Indeed, her paintings are not abrasive, but often depict seamless collisions of colour which, allotted together, create something of a natural stonework structure.
“Over the past few years I’ve developed a preference for certain colour palettes which now forms an essential component of my art. I find colour especially beautiful as it has a way of speaking directly to our heart and soul on an emotional level.”
Sarina first fell in love with painting after studying formally at the Adelaide Central School of Art. Amongst other artists and teachers who were also practicing artists, Sarina found a spiritual home. “This opened me to the possibility that I could make art my creative path and I have not really stopped painting ever since.”
In the initial stages of a work, Sarina chooses an informal layer of colour to cover the canvas, most of which eventually becomes hidden under subsequent applications of paint. Even so, choosing this first colour informs the direction of the work, with no pre-planning or drawing done otherwise. “The uncertainty of this can be quite daunting, especially during the initial stages where the possibilities and potentials seem endless. Somewhere along the process I sense a certain turning point where I feel the painting has begun to come into ‘being’ and is developing certain characteristics all of it own”. Once the painting reaches this breaking point, technical adjustments are added to balance light and darks or intensity of colours. “The hardest part is deciding when a painting is actually finished- I usually leave them for a week or two before I make that final decision.”
Other than creating works, Sarina teaches art at a local high school. Her ambitions include practicing art full-time and collaborating with other artists of different backgrounds, interests and skill-sets.