Diane Marsh
"Death is a Hard Teacher" 2022, oil on wood panel, 20" x 30"

Lucy R. Lippard wrote, "Diane Marsh's paintings, many of them self-portraits, convey a consistent and inconsolable anquish, as well as a parallel transformation.  They are more than portraits.  The emotional depth, or density, of her art is unfamilliar and disturbing.  The viewer is almost an intruder, privileged and perhaps reluctant to share the pain.  Yet despite the specificity of every subject, Marsh reaches for the portrayal of a broader humanity, psychological experiences that we can recognize and identify with.  Although a muted sorrow continues to pervade the paintings to this day, hope hovers too.  (from "Diane Marsh:  Paintings 1986-2017")