Diane waited to explore her artistic talent until her daughter was grown, and after 20 years as a legal secretary and office manager in her husband's law practice, she waited until his law practice could run well without her. Diane set up a fine gifts and home accessories website, Accents, Treasures and Gifts. Eventually she outgrew her basement and opened a warehouse and store front where she carried many one-of-a-kind artisan pieces, as well as original fine art paintings, both purchased locally and from around the globe. After closing her store in 2006, Diane realized her true passion was for art, and set about taking first group, then private classes in oil painting. Having the time and space, she decided to create an art studio in her home in which to practice and hone her skills. Diane has devoured a library of reference books on oils, acrylics, and watercolor. DVDs from renowned artists, such as southern modern impressionist Morgan Samuel Price and New Zealand plein air artist Richard Robinson have been additional tools in her arsenal of reference in the art world. In 2008, Diane traveled to Cinque Terre and Massa Maritima, Italy for a 'plein air' workshop, where she spent 2 weeks with esteemed Australian watercolor artist John Lovett. She studied privately with Korean-American Artist, Duck Ae Karasek for 5 years in oils of landscape, waterscape, still life, and 'en plein air'. She has also taken 'plein air' workshops from Southeastern American Artists Roger Dale Brown, Gary Weiss, and Laurel Daniel; and a figure workshop from Robert Lemler. Diane continues to challenge herself by taking on projects of all types. However, she is particularly fond of painting landscapes, waterscapes, and pets in oils, and she is now accept commissions. Her colorful paintings grace the walls of collector's homes in Georgia, Florida, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, and Australia.
“I am completely 'under the influence' of nature! Nature and travel have inspired the majority of my paintings, which consists of landscapes, bodies of water, home structures, pets, and anything else that moves my spirit. It can be something as simple as the texture on a distant mountain, or as elaborate as a field of flowers at sunset. My favorite medium at the present time is oil, although I have studied watercolor and still practice with it when I travel. I now find myself exploring more 'en plein air', and at being able to finish more paintings 'alla prima'. At the end of the day, if my art can bring a smile to someone, I feel complete.” - Diane K. Hewitt
Oil Painters of America (OPA), Women Painters of the Southeast (WPSE), Art Center of Johns Creek, Atlanta Artists Center (AAC), Roswell Arts Alliance (RAA); On-Line: Daily Painters of Georgia, Fine Art Studio Online (FASO), Plein Air Painters of Georgia