Diane Wat began her career as a self-taught artist back in 1990 by painting a few white t-shirts to support herself. Twenty years later, her art has not only expanded, but become a journal of her life.
Delving deeply into her love of yoga, furry creatures, and gardening, her unique ability to merge the living personalities of animals with beautiful watercolor hues has become her trademark.
“I easily imbue my own sense of humor into playful, colorful artwork that brings an animal to life with only a few unrefined brush strokes,” she says.
With unforgettable color and a deeply uplifting subject matter, you’re sure to love the designs that have come out of her artistic journey of self-discovery.
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Though Diane was raised in California, she currently resides in Ubud, a town on the Indonesian island of Bali. Living there has greatly impacted both her art and her personal life.
With a passion for yoga, Diane has been an instructor and led yoga retreats, as well as sharing her gift with underprivileged children in Bali. She’s brought this spirit back to her designs with her “Pop Art Yoga” series which was added to her line in 2010.
“Yoga is taken so seriously sometimes…this is my way of making it light and playful, as well as sacred,” she says.
However, yoga isn’t the only are of interest for this artist. In 2005, Diane began a series of paintings entitled “The Floating World,” featuring a fascinating world of geishas and samurai bunnies.
Diane explains, "I love the juxtaposition as created by my subconscious. It wasn’t until later that I realized the paintings are self-portraits and I’m the bunny.”
Animals are also a huge part of Diane’s oeuvre. She loves doing pet portraits on t-shirts, finding ways to capture the essence of the creatures with only a few supplies.
“I love it when people visit my show booths and end up smiling and laughing, remarking that I have amazingly captured the personality of their dog or cat in one of my painted shirts.”