Diane was born in Springfield, Ohio in 1940, and grew up in Rocky River, Ohio. Her teen years were filled with sports and nature. She became a canoeing and swimming counselor at a girls camp in Ontario, Canada for four years. There she learned to appreciate the wonders of her natural surroundings. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelors degree in health and physical education with a minor in art and science. She attended ldraetshojskolen in Sonderborg, Denmark in her junior year in college. Traveling alone through Europe the summer of 1961 gave Diane appreciation of life in the United States, and a closeness to many different cultures. After graduation from college she married her high school sweetheart, and they began their life together in Alaska where he was in the Army. She was teaching on Elmendorf Air Force Base and they were going to stay in Alaska until the 1964 when 9.3 earthquake changed their minds. They came back to Ohio where they were blessed with two sons. After the boys started to school, Diane continued teaching. In 1987 things changed and Diane and Ted bought a commercial building and started a gallery where Diane showed her work, and the work of other artists. Ted did the accounting and the framing. Diane's art work took off in 1989, so she quit teaching. In the years following, Diane sold thousands of limited edition prints, and galleries throughout the United States and Europe purchased her prints and originals. It was a wonderful time, and a tough time traveling all over the United States for personal appearances and shows. Ted was always there to help with everything, and they were great together. In
2016 Ted passed away, but Diane continues painting and designing cross stitch. She has over 220 cross stitch designs. She now enjoys life in southern Utah where she and Ted settled since 2002. I have always had a passion for art. I have been painting ever since I was eleven year sold. Nature has had a special place in my heart, and I love responding to the special beauty that surrounds us.
GALLERY REPRESENTATION: Represented in galleries throughout the United States, among them, Gallery One in Mentor, Ohio, Berlin Creek Gallery in Berlin, Ohio, and Galarina Arts in Shipshewana, Indiana.
ART SHOW INVITATIONS: Gallery One miniature show, Wild Wings show, Arts for the Parks national show, Western National Parks association, Tucson, Az. (private invitational exhibition)
MAGAZINE ARTICLES : Have been featured in and on the front cover of many arts magazines--INFORMART,
COLLECTORS NEWS, COLLECTORS EDITIONS, U.S. ART, and others
COLLECTIONS: Paintings are in private and public collections throughout the United States and Canada. Among them are Old Phoenix banks in Ohio, and the Ohio State Teachers retirement building in Columbus, Ohio
AWARDS AND CITATIONS: St. George, Utah- 1st place in their 2005 Watercolor Society show, Voted one of the top 10 Americana artists in the United States by Collectors Mart Magazine.
Cited as emerging new artist by Vuginian Magazine in 1989 Arts for the Parks National competition chosen top 200 for traveling exhibit.
DESIGNER: Has designed over 210 cross stitch designs sold world-wide
TEACHER: Taught high school art for 16 years, taught at Tuachan High School for 2 years, and Dixie State college for one year.
SCHOOLING: A graduate of Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, and Idraetshojskolen, in Sonderborg, Denmark.