An early introduction to drawing in Paris by Jean Le Feuvre, professor from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, inspired Diane to pursue a life in the fine arts. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA degree in Painting, Diane has been drawing, painting and teaching in the Connecticut shoreline area for over twenty years. She was an Associate Professor at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts where she for 14 years. Having served on the Board of Directors of the Lyme Art Association for three years, she is currently pursuing her own work.
Diane's work reflects her dedication to the disciplined, classical representational creation of art. Her belief is that freedom of expression and the best painting spring from the mastery of drawing. Diane's work consists of landscape, still life and figurative subject matter. Her work has won dozens of awards and she is an artist member of several prominent New England art associations. Her one-person retrospective exhibition at the PrOvidence Art Club called "Chasing the Light", marked her membership since 1969.
Diane has exhibited countrywide and her paintings are in private and corporate collections here and abroad. She has recently completed several major portraits, including a former General Director of Massachusetts General Hospital, the founder of the TASIS Schools in Europe, and her third official portrait for the Hopkins School in New Haven. A portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hamblet, the retiring headmaster and his wife, of St. George's School in Newport, R.I., was completed last spring. Her portraits have won awards in the last three exhibitions of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, with a 1st place award for "Faces of Summer 2004". She has led professional painting trips to ltaly, Ireland, St. Maarten and throughout New England. This summer she will be conducting Head/Figure and Landscape workshops out of her studio in Killingworth, CT.
Her Work is on display at the Garvin' Gallery in Essex, CT, the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT, the Susan Powell Gallery, Madison, CT, and by appointment at her studio.
Diane has two grown daughters and lives with her husband, Anthony, in Killingworth, Connecticut.