About Djana Bayley
- Fairy tale landscapes done in fine point hard and medium-soft lead pencil; these often show wide-spanning views with a road winding up hill and down dale to distant castle or temple.
- Neo-impressionist landscapes created with pastel pencils for textured effects in a blending of Impressionist and Pointillist techniques.
- Still lifes in pencil or crayon; several combine naturalism with distinct elements of folk art stylization.
- Folk art designs in fine lead pencil conjure new takes on traditional flower, bird and heart motifs.
- Textile paintings of fairy tale scenes and still lifes are constructed from multiple layers of cotton, corduroy, velvet, satin, taffeta, gauze and lace, with additional embellishments of beads, crystals and charms.
In January 2012 The Edmonds Library sponsored an exhibit of my textile works.
As with my drawings, I’ve written poems and stories throughout my life, but the path to realization of a style right for me and the worlds in which to set my stories was far from straightforward. Eight years ago a mentor suggested a formatting change to improve the readability of my poetry; I quickly realized this would put me on the right path, giving my poems tighter structure that would make it far easier to follow their story lines. I undertook a gigantic rewrite of my poetry to salvage the best, then continued on, writing new works in this more accessible style. This bore positive results: in September 2017 The Scales of Astraea, my first poetry collection, was published by the Bywater Press in Bellingham, Washington.
The subject of the poetry in this first book is the natural world. Most of the poems depict characteristic behavior or an incident in the life of an individual creature or species – birds, lions, a whale – while a few use a broader brush to express my fierce concern regarding the damage ‘mankind’ is inflicting on our beautiful planet. In the wide-view poems, Old Gods from ages long past sometimes make appearances; their images – used, burnished and transformed in tales told since the dawn of the age of man – are powerful symbols, retaining a certain force even in this fractured modern era.
Bywater Press published Landscapes of the Heart, my second poetry book, in November 2019. Three separate collections are included in the book, each with a different primary theme. The first section is elegiac, evoking places and people lost and gone but still alive in memory; the second contains vignettes illustrating fragments of women’s lives in times from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages and on to our modern age; in the third part are found poems tracing the myriad effect of love, whether these be mood or physical actions.
The storylines of some poems are quite brief, occurring in moments or minutes, others take the protagonist – whether ghost or flesh and blood woman – journeying for days or years in lost kingdoms of the world, or through fantastic dreamscapes – even along pathways leading across the starry heavens.
Both books include my own illustrations.