The Journey of my "Red Dot"
My artistic journey has been filled with logic and structure - that’s how my brain tends to work.
I started creating art in July 2017 after a relapse from MS (multiple sclerosis). Since that time, my journey has taken a few different turns as can be seen through the evolution of my signature.
I started with simple initials in 2017 and my initials and year were a part of each creation. I did what I saw being done in other artist’s work and followed suit. A simple flourish and passing thought became a signature element in my work in early 2018 in the form of a red dot.
As I continued to create - at some times more prolifically than others - I wanted to define my signature a little more clearly. So I added a stylized script signature with my name “Diana de Avila”. I began to add something new at this point. A simple “red dot” embedded into each piece of art. Each work would carry (when I could remember to add it) a signature red dot. There was no uniformity or size or shade. The dot would make it’s way onto most of my pieces starting in March 2018. The signature would also carry a red dotted “i” in my last name. I loved adding the “red dot” and creating a scavenger hunt for the onlooker. Some are more prominent than others.
The stylized signature has been fun and carried my work through two art shows. I decided it was time to create something more individually mine. As complex and intricate as some of my work can be, I wanted something very simple for my signature. I wanted to create something easily recognizable … even from a distance. The “red dot penny” or simply “penny” uses a simple font and layout. I have a special reason for choosing the simple design and highlighting shape. It will identify my work from a distance and become recognizable over time.
The Red Dot “Penny” for a non-closed edition will be placed on the bottom right of a piece.
When denoting a limited edition run, I will move the dot to the left and add the series number. I’ll also place the “red dot” somewhere else in the piece. It will become the differentiator.
The new red dot “penny” will be easily recognizable. For those who follow my work, the placement will become recognizable too. I find a lot of my identity within that “penny”. A favorite color and a perfect and simple shape.