ABOUT DIANE

Color, light, texture, and form: four elements in nature that have captivated me for years! Whether I am looking at the grandeur of the landscape, a gemstone, or ink as it is spread across a printing plate, I continually look for ways to incorporate my fascination with these phenomena in my artistic creations. Although I will pursue a single theme in a variety of mediums and styles, these threads are present, regardless of the materials I choose.

My work varies from impressionistic to abstract. Art enables me to express feelings that cannot be said with words; similarly, abstraction provides me a way to convey emotions that cannot be portrayed with realism. 

Much of my inspiration can be found in the contrast of weather beaten rocks and canyons of the southwest with softer elements such as vegetation, water, and cloud formations. The duality of the ancient with the ephemeral keeps me returning to explore with brush, canvas, metal, stone, pigment, and paper.

CV

EDUCATION
Ozaukee Art Center, Cedarburg, WI; Printmaking, Figure Drawing 1993-2000
Milwaukee Area Technical College; Metalsmithing, 1991-2003
Art Therapy / Alcoholism Counselor training 1986-1988 Thomas Merton Institute, Shorewood, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, May 1976 Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

GALLERIES

"Bee and Laurel Gallery, Edgerton, WI                                                                Tall Tree Gallery, Thiensville, WI

EXHIBITS AND JURIED SHOWS

"The Gift of Color"  Group Show Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI November-December 2015                                                                     "As We See it" Group Exhibit at Millard Sheets' Estate "Barking Rocks, Anchor Bay, CA November-December 2015                                                 Pastel Society of New Mexico National Juried Show, Albuquerque 2012    Masterworks of New Mexico" , Albuquerque, NM April 2010  
"Summer Exhibit III" Group Exhibit, Fine Line Designs Gallery, Ephraim,      WI July-August 2009
Pastel Society of New Mexico Nat'l Juried Show, Albuquerque, NM November 2008
“Plein Air Festival” Invited Artist- Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI July '08
Pastel Society of New Mexico Nat'l Juried Show, Albuquerque, NM November 2007
“Plein Air Festival” Invited Artist- Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI July '07
“The Packed Palette” Solo Show- Gallery 110 North, Plymouth, WI January 2007
Pastel Society of New Mexico National Juried Show, Albuquerque, NM November 2006
“O’Keeffe Equivalents” Juried Show Piedre Lumbre Museum, Abiquiu NM August 2006
“Paint Historic Manitou” Invited Artist/LIW Cargo Gallery, Manitou Spr. CO July 2006
“Agrarian Views” Juried Exhibit Gallery 110 North, Plymouth, Wisconsin June-August 2006
“Light & Texture in Pastel" Group Show, Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI May 2006
Pastel Society of New Mexico National Juried Show, Albuquerque, NM November 2005
“The Landscape Dairies” Solo Exhibit The Peterson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM June 2005
“Muse” Group Show, Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI March 2005
“The Solace of Art” Group Show, Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI October 2004
“Bodacious” Group Exhibit Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI June 2004
“Have a Heart” Group Exhibit The Peterson Gallery, Santa Fe NM February 2004
“Trading Spaces” Dual Exhibit w/ Kit Lynch, Purple Canyon Arts, Pilar, NM July 2003
“Pursuit of Passion” Group Show, Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI June-August, 2003
“Renewal” Group Show, Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI February 2003-April 2003
“Escape” Group Show, Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI February 2003-April 2003
“Celebrating Color” Group Show, Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI October 2002
“The Power of Color” Color Rangers show, Eklektikas Gallery, Silver City, NM May 2001
“Inside/Outside” Solo show, Ozaukee Art Center, Cedarburg, WI May-June 2001
“Color Rangers: Many Hands, One Spirit" Group show- Mill Atelier Gallery, Santa Fe, NM May-Oct 1999
"Color Rangers: Unmasking the Southwest" Group show- Galleria Arriba, Abiquiu, NM Oct 1999
"Pastels Only" Group exhibit, Fischer Gallery, Albuquerque, NM July 1999
"Women Who Paint the West" Group show- Galleria Arriba, Abiquiu, NM Sept. 1998
“Duality” Solo Exhibit The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL May 1998
"For Pastels Only" Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition, New York, NY 1996
"Journeys of the Heart" Solo Exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL 1996
"Impressions of the Southwest"-dual exhibit/Kit Lynch, Curator's Choice Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 1995
33rd & 34th Annual Juried Art Exhibit-The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, Wisconsin 1995 & 1996
Solo Exhibit-October 1994-April 1995 Ozaukee Art Center, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

INVITATIONAL PLEIN AIR EVENTS

Peninsula Art School Plein Air Festival, Door County, Wisconsin 2007 and 2008
Manitou Springs Paintout, Manitou Springs, Colorado 2007
Central Park Paintout, New York, New York 2005 and 2006

AWARD AND HONORS
Best of Show, “Agrarian Views” Gallery 110 North, Plymouth, WI July-August 2006
Merit Award, “Agrarian Views” Gallery 110 North, Plymouth, WI July-August 2006
O’Malley Glass Award, Pastel Society of New Mexico National Juried Exhibit, November 2005
Purchase Prize: 33rd Annual Juried Art Exhibit, The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI
Honorable Mentions: 33rd Annual Juried Art Exhibits,The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI
Honorable Mentions: 34th Annual Juried Art Exhibits,The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI
Merit Award: "Paper, Scissors, Stone" Juried show-Gallery 110 North, Plymouth, WI

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
Tuscany Plein Air Workshop with Steven Quiller, Florence, Italy September/October 2008
Portraiture workshop with Dan Gerhartz, Kewaskum, Wisconsin August 2008
Portraiture & Landscape 9 week intensive Study with Yuqi Wang, Andreeva Portrait Academy 2007
2006 Pastel Workshop with Glenna Hartmann, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Scottsdale Artist's School-1995 Doug Dawson-workshop in pastels
Palette & Chisel, Chicago, IL-1994 Sally Strand-workshop in pastels, 1998 workshop with Albert Handell
Ghost Ranch, NM –1989; 1991-95 Grace Gibson-painting workshops; 1995 Banff Centre, Canada
Ghost Ranch- Silversmith workshops 2001,2002, 2005 with Rose Marie Christison, Dale Smith, Judith Foster

PUBLISHING: PERIODICALS
The Pastel Journal, March/April 1999: “Perfect Your Palette with Hand-Made Pastels” contributing writer
The Pastel Journal, May/June 2001: “Inside the Artist’s Studios” contributing writer

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, Illinois-Professional Member
Pastel Society of New Mexico-Signature Member                                        Plein Air Painters of New Mexico- Artist Member
Instructor- Jewelry Inlay and Painting, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM
National Ghost Ranch Foundation-President (2009-2010) and Governing Board  Member  2007 to Present
Juror, Fine Art & Fine Craft Show on the Plaza by Girls Inc., Santa Fe NM July 2004, August 2005
American Society of Interior Designers, Professional Member

WORK EXPERIENCE
1993-present: self employed Fine Artist
1976-1994 Interior Designer Contract/Residential

 

Photography Akos Major