Diana began painting at an early age; in fact, she can’t remember when she wasn’t an artist. A Business College graduate, she retired from dental office administration to pursue her love for art. A native of Vandergrift, PA, a small town east of Pittsburgh, she has resided in North Carolina since 1982. With residences in Raleigh and Atlantic Beach, North Carolina's beautiful coastline and sky provide her favorite subjects to paint.
Self-taught in oil and acrylic for many years, Diana took a new approach, replacing brushes with palate knives in oil and added watercolor and pastel to her mediums. Experimenting with pastels, she "fell in love" with the medium and became fascinated with creating works capturing the spectacular sky with its beauty of clouds. Her paintings represent an attempt to capture a moment of inspiration of the world above us and pass it on to the viewer with strikingly photo-realistic cloud formations. She has an unconscious attraction to blue; therefore, most of her pieces display the sky, as well as the sea, and are set off by silhouetted foliage in the foreground to give the viewer a sense of vast space. Including figures to suggest a story from the scene is her most recent challenge, and she feels this is equal to creating the ever-shifting, captivating skyscape. Needless to say, pastels has been the most expressive medium for her to work in, and she continues to explore new possibilities with them to enhance her art capabilities through workshops with well-known instructors.
Selected in numerous juried exhibitions, she has been awarded place and purchase awards for many of her pieces on local, regional, and national levels, exhibited sixteen solo art exhibitions and three duo exhibits. Her watercolor entitled “Turtles of the Sea” was selected for an issue cover of the Carteret County Arts Alive and the Cape Fear Arts Alive featured her acrylic “Years of Care” on their cover, as well as selected for the 2005 Best of Artists and Artisans in North Carolina Book series by Kennedy Promotions receiving an Honorable Mention for a pastel entitled “Marley’s Bark”. In addition, Diana has completed two commissioned wall murals along with seminar and brochure illustrations.
A member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina, Pastel Society of America - Associate Member, Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Fine Arts League of Cary, Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalitition, Visual Art Exchange, Carolina Artists Studio Gallery, and the Sertoma Artists Association, Diana’s work can be found at Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery, Raleigh, Visual Arts Exchange-Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, Cary Gallery of Artists, Cary, Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, Beaufort, and the Carolina Artists Studio Gallery, Morehead City. She is in various scheduled art exhibits and festivals throughout North Carolina.