Dianne’s art journey began after her retirement from teaching in 1996. Her career as a third-grade teacher extended 33 years, but the seeds of artistic interest were planted several years before she retired. As part of teacher training, Dianne observed a watercolor demonstration which awakened a childhood interest in art. Following that workshop, she dabbled at painting on weekends and vowed that when she retired, she would actively pursue developing her artistic talents.
During years since her retirement, she has kept her vow. She attended workshops with several renowned artists such as Cheng-Khee Chee, Margaret Martin and Jean Grastorf. Her skill and confidence increased as did her desire to become a masterful artist.
Dianne has received numerous awards in national and regional exhibitions. Her work was selected to appear in the book “The Artistic Touch” to be published in 2010. Dianne’s painting “47th and Broadway” appears in the book “Splash 9,” by North Light Publishers . Her art has also appeared in American Artists’ Watercolor Magazine and in North Light magazine.
2009 Award winner…Transparent Watercolor Society of American National Exhibition, Kenosha WI
2009 Award winner…Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Lockport, NY
2009 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors… Chosen for Traveling Exhibition
2008 Transparent Watercolor Society of America National Exhibition, Minneapolis MN
2008 Selected for Signature Membership in Transparent Watercolor Society of America
2007 First Place Award…Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition.
2007 Transparent Watercolor Society of America National Exhibition, Elmhurst IL
2007 Rochester Art Club Exhibition: “Best Watercolor” and “Merit Award”
2006 Artists Magazine “Finalist” in Still Life category.
2006 First Place Award… Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society National Exhibition
2006 Selected by North Light Publishers for inclusion in the book Splash 9
2005 Aqueous USA 2005 National Exhibition, Louisville KY
2005 Aqueous USA 2005 National Traveling Exhibition
2005 Rochester Art Club Exhibition: Juror’s Award
2004 Award Winner…Transparent Watercolor Society of America National Exhibition, Elmhurst IL
2004 AWS International Traveling Exhibit
2004 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors Traveling Exhibit
2004 Burchfield-Penney Art Center: A Survey of Watercolor in Western NY, Buffalo, NY
2003 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, New York, NY
2003 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY
2003 North East Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Kent, CN
2003 Award winner Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Buffalo, NY