Painting the Countours of Memory

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Diana Jensen Vestergaard is an artist, photographer, and art historian who specialises in equine themes. Her aesthetic celebrates the beauty and spirit of horses through a mastery of craft. 

Born in the picturesque town of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, Diana grew up in the saddle. In her childhood she was an active member of The Pony Club, and spent hours each day riding in the mountains, or training in the disciples of show jumping and dressage. The horse has always been Diana’s guiding Muse. 

Diana’s artistic practice is firmly based on academic methodologies and age-old approaches to drawing and painting. Her working process combines sketching from life, rendering anatomical studies, capturing photographic references, and then developing paintings in her studio. She can often be found at local equine events with sketchbook or camera in hand, always ready to capture meaningful moments. 

Diana’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Art and Design in 1997, and a Bachelor of Art Education in 2001 from the University of Alberta. Inspired by the artistic paradigms of the Western tradition, Diana moved to Europe in 2003 to study the Masters. She embraced classical training at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, whereby she received a Certificate in Academic Drawing in 2008. In 2010 Diana graduated with a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Copenhagen. 

Diana’s paintings can be found in notable public collections that include Collegium Domus Regiæ, one of Denmark’s oldest residential colleges, dating back to 1623, as well as in local corporate collections. Her paintings are represented in private collections on Capitol Hill, Canada, the United Kingdom, and throughout Europe. 

Diana resides in Greater Vancouver, where she works as a painter while also teaching art classes and developing her research on the horse in art.

Showing now in Gallery n. 204 as part of our Canadian Landscapes exhibition: