Can you tell us something about yourself?
Diane: “I started in 1970. I paint with pastels, oil and casein. Good tools and brushes are important to me, I like to paint on linen and panels. I am a professional artist and I use pastel and oils to create landscapes. I am currently live in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA”
What subjects do you paint?
Diane: “Natural subjects are important to me as I honor the landscape. Mountains, beautiful trees and panoramas are my favorites.”
Did you study art?
Diane: “I have a Master’s degree in Art. I have also taken dozens of painting workshops from well known art instructors.”
Diane: “My heritage is Norwegian and I am a Norway-phobe. I have visited many times and done many paintings of my Norwegian heritage village, Vik i Sogn.”
Have you exhibited your work?
Diane: “Yes, I have had several one person shows and have been chosen for many National shows. I was a finalist in the Sennelier International Show which was Juried by Wolf Kahn. My painting, “Peakin’ Through” was chosen as best Pastel in the Western Spirit Show in Cheyenne, WY. I am a Master Signature Pastelist in the Pastel Society of Colorado and have had many paintings in their national shows. I have won Best of Show and People’s Choice awards as well as many First Place Awards in National and Regional shows.”
Have you had your work published?
Diane: “Yes, I have been featured in several Richeson show books, Southwest Art and area newspapers and magazines. My paintings have been featured on several websites and organization websites. Women Artists of the West website.”
Have you won any art awards?
Diane: “Yes, First Place for Pastel, Lines Into Shapes National Show, Estes Park; Best Pastel, Western Spirit Show, First Place and second place, Lincoln Gallery Regional Show, Second Place for Oil, Cheyenne National Show. Finalist Sennelier International Pastel Show juried by Wolf Kahn, Finalist in Southwest Art cover competition, Honorable mention, Colorado Pastel Society National Show, Third place pastel (twice) Heritage Art This is Colorado Show, Wells Fargo Award, Northern Colorado Assoc. National Show, One of my paintings, The End of Winter, is in Senator Michael Bennet’s office in Washington, DC.”
Which artists inspire you?
Diane: “Claude Monet, Wolf Kahn, Joaquin Sorolla, John MacDonald.”
Diane: “I love to paint and do it daily but I also love to teach and nothing makes me happier than the success of my students. I taught art nine years at the high school level and seven on the college level as well as community education.”