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Mary Yvonne Diceman (1921-2000)-Original Painting, Quebec Scene - $140 (Markham)

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This original work of art is by a talented Canadian artist: Mary Yvonne (née Roberts) Diceman (1921-2000). The composition is of a typical Quebec village. A cluster of houses alongside a road and a church spire towering over them. The dwellings are surrounded by trees in fall colors. The artist used a wash of soft pastel colors to give the well-lit scene a serene atmosphere. The artist's superb draftsmanship skills, and knowledge of geometrical perspective principles are very much evident. Her signature in red speaks volumes of her calligraphic abilities. A pleasant and soothing painting. I discussed the scene with the artist's daughter and she told me that it was possibly taken near Quebec City on route to or from her parents' summer vacations in Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

Details:

Title: Quebec Village

Medium: Watercolor

Size: 10.5"x14.5" (image); 18"x21.5" (framed)

Date: 1963

Signature: Signed and dated lower right. Also titled c/w address label verso

Condition: Excellent. No fading

Framing: Cream matt c/w wood molding and glass

Asking Price: $140.00

About the Artist: Mary Yvonne (née Roberts) Diceman was born on February 4, 1921 in Manchester, and grew up in Cheshire, England. After attending high school she enrolled into the Manchester College of Art and four years later she graduated with a major in Industrial Design and a minor in Calligraphy. In 1941, during WWII, she served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force of the RAF. She was a wireless operator and later on instructed air crews in the use of wireless communications. It was during that time that she met a young Canadian master warrant officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force named: Harold Alonzo Diceman, whom she married in 1945. She and her husband came to Canada in 1946 and settled in Ottawa. In 1948 Yvonne started working on contract for Alan B. Beddoe (Founder and first president of the Heraldry Society of Canada, heraldry expert and painter) on the WWII Book of Remembrance. This project took several years to complete with the help of two assistant artists. She did the calligraphy and illumination of several historical and of national importance Canadian documents, including: the Books of Remembrance WWII, located in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower; the Proclamation of the Canadian Flag (1965); the 1960 Canadian Bill of Rights (1962); the Korea Book of Remembrance (1957-8); and the Newfoundland Books of Remembrance WWI & II (1972). Yvonne and her husband built a beautiful studio attached to their home in Blackburn Hamlet (amalgamated with Ottawa in 2001) where both continued their contract work and painting. After taking a course in abstract painting, in the early 1960's, Yvonne painted several abstracts in oil. For a number of years Yvonne and her family vacationed, during summers, in Cape Ann, Massachusetts. The area was the closest Yvonne could find that reminded her of England where she painted lively landscapes in watercolors. Here in 1967/68 she took a series of lessons in watercolor from an American artist: Donald Stone in Rockport, MA. Since then she completed hundreds of watercolors depicting landscapes and village scenes. She emerged as a watercolorist with exceptional ability. Her watercolors are known for her capable and sensitive handling of the 'moods' of nature, particularly the ever changing effects of light and atmosphere. Yvonne and her husband travelled back to the U.K. a number of times and during one of these trips she spent some time in Scotland where many sketches and photos later resulted in a series of beautiful Scottish scenes.
Since 1975 Yvonne exhibited widely in Canada, USA and England. She was a member of the :
• Ottawa Society of Painters in Watercolors
• North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, USA
• Old Watercolors Society's Club, London UK
Her paintings are in many private collections in Canada and the United States.
After her husband's retirement, they moved to Balderson, a small community outside Perth, Ontario. She died in Balderson on May 13, 2000. Her husband, Harold Diceman (1916-2009), was a founding member of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, of which he was made a fellow in 1979. He was involved in the design of the Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo in 1967. Together with his wife they were involved in several projects e.g.: 'The Centennial Train' project - a historical and cultural history about Canada's first hundred years.
Public Collections:
• Museum of Canadian History, Gatineau, Quebec
• City of Ottawa Art Collection, Ottawa
• Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa
• Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower, Ottawa

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