This week we spotlight another of our Give Grief a Voice artists, Dianna Fontes. Dianna describes herself as an Oregon rain baby who has lived all over the state. Currently, she resides with her husband, three teen/adult children (“thanks COVID”), and four cats in Troutdale, Oregon. Her creative nature grew out of a childhood centered in making the most of what is available. A wild imagination and knack for reuse have been good sources since she was seven years old. Each skill set still serves her well. She reports that she tries her best to make art as that little girl did.
Her experience as an artist with the Give Grief a Voice program is best shared in her own words:
“Working with Buzzy’s Bees has been one of the most powerful and impactful experiences I’ve had as an artist. I feel honored and blessed to be able share this process with the families and the writers. It is a gift to me to be able to use my artistic talents to capture these stories, the emotions, and the energy of these little beings in such a unique and healing way. Grief is a process AND art is a process; connecting them this way has the potential to offer new pathways in, out, and through the process of grief for the families that work with Buzzy’s Bees. I have always hoped my art would make an impact on the world and through my work with this organization I believe it is…I know this is something I am meant to use my gifts for and that brings me so much hope and joy. This can be a tricky process because I always wish we never have to make another painting for a family again. But as long as there is a need, I will be honored to be here to offer my support.”
Learn more about Dianna and her diverse portfolio at astroartistry.com. Be sure to mark your calendar for our 2020 Give Grief a Voice Benefit and Art Auction on Saturday, November 7th, beginning at 5:30 PM