My work depicts fantastic apparitions I wish to revisit. Standing on the edge of the lawn at night. Perched above an irregularly deep swimming hole. I feel optimistically jumpy when I imagine these scenarios.

Inviting my own bizarre expectations of nature to flood these worlds, my visceral reaction to the palette and paint dictate the love story. A tuberose-infused jungle, a neon swamp and a lonesome creature lurking are tangible. My fascination with spectral beings and the myths and literature we create to explain the unknown inspire my perspective. Humor and fright coalesce.

Pretend you’ve found a little cave. Get down on your hands and knees and crawl inside, then look back out at the world. It is both luminous and dark. A sound, like the noise at the end of a river, and the familiar scent of grass, turquoise and stardust emerge to lure you home.


I am a painter and writer. I live in Ballard, WA.  

University of California, Santa Barbara - Master of Fine Arts degree, 2008

University of Montana - Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, 2005


Diiley Studio.

Diiley Studio is located in Ballard, WA.  'Diiley' is a made up spelling of the Danish word, Dijleg, which means delicious, wonderful and delightful. It is pronounced 'dy lee' and will make you smile when you say it.

Please contact me if you would like to make a studio visit.


To see more of what I'm up to, follow @kikidiiley on Instagram.