I've been a nurse, a university professor, a researcher, a dean, and an anthropologist; but through it all, I've been an

biography

Dianna Shomaker grew up on a small farm in western Washington State during the 1930s.  A child of the depression, she created her own hours of play with whatever she could find, inspiring the tremendous creativity that continues to fuel her art to this day.

 

In the 1950s, she was a scholarship art student at Central Washington University.  It was there that she took her first formal art classes and, although she loved them, she left art school to pursue a more practical career in nursing.  Dianna earned a Diploma in Nursing at Los Angeles County General Hospital and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado where she also minored in Art.  She married and had four children and soon earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Washington. 

 

Dianna and her young family were lucky enough to live abroad in the early 1970s, enabling her to study abstract painting with Dr. Sachweh in Zweibrucken, Germany.  Upon her return to the United States she became a nursing professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, which allowed her to take multiple art workshops at UNM with wonderful teachers like Virginia Cobb, Ted Hogsett, Charles Dunbar, Katherine Chang Liu, and Ellen Koment.  She also pursued other academic interests, earning an MA and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from UNM in the early 1980s.

 

From there Dianna became a dean in UNM’s School of Nursing and continued to pursue her art career on a part-time basis.  Upon retirement from higher education in 2000, she was finally able to devote herself to a full-time art career.   Most recently she’s been able to study encaustic art here and abroad with Ellen Koment, Belen Millan and Francisco Benitez.
 

artist.

Biographical Highlights

2009 - 2016

2014 - 2016
2006 - Present
2003 - 2015
2002 - 2014
1998 - 2013
1984 - 1985
1984
1982
1978 - 1980                

1973 - 2000
1970 - 1973
1962

1959
1957
1952 - 1954 

Studied encaustic art with Ellen Koment and Belen Millan

President, President Corrales Bosque Gallery

Member, Corrales Bosque Gallery

Board Member, Placitas Artists Series

Docent (Emeritus), Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

President, Board of the Placitas Artists Series

Sabbatical, Birmingham, England

PhD degree in Cultural Anthropology

MA degree in Cultural Anthropology

Fine Arts Study/Workshops with Sam Smith, Virginia  Cobb, Ted Hogsett, Charles Dunbar, Katherine Chang Liu, and Ellen Koment

Professor (Emeritus)

Studied abstract painting with Dr. Sachweh

MSN degree in Nursing

BSN degree in Nursing, Minor in Art

Diploma in Nursing

Art scholarships and study

Santa Fe NM, & Malaga, Spain

Corrales, NM

Corrales, NM

Placitas, NM

Albuquerque, NM

Placitas, NM

Birmingham, England

University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico
 

University of New Mexico

Zweibrucken, Germany

University of Washington

University of Colorado

Los Angeles County General Hospital

Central Washington University

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