Welcome to my art world. I invite you to become acquainted with my work and what it means to me, and further your appreciation for the abstract art that has evolved in tandem with my life.
Not all my work is abstract, as is also true of other artists, but I’m basically an intuitive soul. I love a good puzzle. That’s what art is, the unravelling of a puzzle through curiosity, experimentation, and observation. But most importantly to me, it is my intuition that drives what I do. Now why, you may ask, is that of value for you when viewing my art? Where does it fit in with your impressions?
Paintings are powerful tools for my ability to convey, to give me a voice for my inner world. That is the key to unraveling my art. It is as close as I can come to communicating meanings that are too nebulous to put into words. I bring to the room a very diverse set of experiences throughout my lifetime and my values are based on that. Decisions weren’t always about art but art has always been a driving force. That is also true for the viewer. We are each wonderfully unique to our background. Treasure that uniqueness.
I paint because it beckons me down a pathway of exploration and understanding in this complex world. It is my continuing education. I consider a work successful when it provokes and teases me and hopefully the viewer, too; when it invites everyone into the unfolding drama on the canvas. Ultimately, I want it to be an enjoyable journey for all.
Dianna grew up on a small farm in western Washington state. A child of the depression, she created enjoyment from the ordinary and cast-off objects at hand. The instinctive inclinations of those days sparked a process that has continued to grow throughout a life of wonder, expression, and education. She searched for answers to many questions and found some in art, nursing, and anthropology, with art being the primary thread connecting such disparate sources of knowledge. Her current professional life is entirely devoted to art.
Selected Juried Exhibitions and Honors
Artist in Residence, UNM School of Law Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Invitational Solo Show, Popejoy Hall Benefactors Lounge, Albuquerque, NM
First Prize, Oil, Nest in the Reeds, MasterWorks of NM Exhibit, Albuquerque NM
Prize, Oil, From Chaos to Hope, Encantada Painting Exhibition, Albuquerque NM
7th Annual Juried Art Show, The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, Omaha, NE
Third Prize, Oil/Acrylic, Non-Conformist: Speaking With Her Own Voice,
Oil, MasterWorks of New Mexico Exhibit, Albuquerque NM
Invited Guest Artist, Decorators Show House, Santa Fe, NM
Returning from the Field selected for permanent collection, NMSU
School of Medicine, Las Cruces, NM
Cowboy selected for permanent collection, National Encaustic Art Institute,
Santa Fe, NM
Local Treasure award, Albuquerque Art Business Associates
Solo Exhibition, Encaustics, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Las Alamos NM
2nd Prize, Azurite, Acrylic, Encantada Painting Exhibition, Albuquerque NM
Cover story, abqART magazine, Albuquerque, NM
1st Prize, Making an Appearance, Mixed Media, Texas and Neighbors
Regional Show, Irving TX
Award of Excellence, Non-Representational Art, Emerging Secret,
Mixed Media, MasterWorks of New Mexico Exhibit, Albuquerque NM
Faces of Women Exhibition, Las Vegas, NM
International Arts Expo, El Paso, TX
Oklahoma National Watercolor Exhibition, Oklahoma City, OK
Visual Arts Exhibition, Corrales, NM
Rooster selected for permanent collection, University of New Mexico
College of Nursing, Albuquerque, NM