Dianna grew up on a small farm in western Washington.  A child of the depression, she created enjoyment from the ordinary things of nature 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 now entirely devoted to art.  


Guided primarily by intuition, she creates abstractions through a selection of media: oil, acrylic, or encaustic.  The results have been rewarded with accolades and prizes regionally, nationally, and internationally and have been described as lyrical, organic, and fluid.  Her philosophy is that art is magical for the viewer and for artist. It should speak to our capacity to wonder, to dream, and to delight in the mystery of its personal message
It all began in a high school art class with a linoleum print from her abstract design. It captured the attention of the teacher and she was encouraged to enter it in shows. That was the beginning of a long and diverse career. This was the peak of the Abstract Expressionist Movement, and her abstract art was there but unknown to her at the time.  However, it earned her art scholarships to college, later supplemented by art courses and studio production wherever she was, from California to Texas, to Germany, England and Spain.


Since 1973 New Mexico has been home where she has found equally superb and diverse art development.  She retired as a professor emeritus from the University of New Mexico in 2000.

Currently Dianna shows at Corrales Bosque Gallery, The Shomaker Studio & Gallery in Placitas, and at a variety of art competitions.   Her work also hangs in the Encaustic Art Museum in Santa Fe and in private collections in the U.S. and abroad. 

Education and Training















Encaustic Abstraction Study with Paula Roland

Abstract Art Study with Gwen Fox

Encaustic Art Study with Belen Millan

Encaustic Abstraction Study with Ellen Koment

Abstract Painting Studies with Virginia Cobb

Miscellaneous Art Courses, University of NM

Abstract Art Studies with Frau Sachweih

PhD in Cultural Anthropology

MA in Cultural Anthropology

MSN in Nursing

BSN in Nursing, Minor in Art

Diploma in Nursing

Art scholarship and study

Santa Fe, NM

Taos, NM

Malaga, Spain

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, NM

Albuquerque, NM

Frankfurt, Germany


University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico

University of Washington

University of Colorado

LA County General Hospital

Central Washington University

Memberships and Service

2014 -2016






President, Corrales Bosque Gallery  

President, Placitas Artists Series

Member, Corrales Bosque Gallery

Board Member, Placitas Artists Series

Docent, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Community Board Member, Maxwell Museum

Corrales, NM


Corrales, NM

Placitas, NM

Albuquerque, NM

Taos, NM


Shomaker Studio & Gallery

161 Camino Barranca

Placitas, NM 87043


Corrales Bosque Gallery

4685 Corrales Road

Corrales, NM 87048



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