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 opened a fine gifts and home accessories store, Accents,Treasures and Gifts. There she carried many one-of-a-kind artisan pieces, as well as original fine art paintings from around the globe.
After closing her store in 2006, Diane realized her true passion for art, and set about taking first group, then private classes in oil painting. Over the years, Diane has studied from a vast library of reference books and DVDs by renowned artists, such as modern impressionist Morgan Samuel Price and New Zealand plein air artist Richard Robinson. 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 also studied oils privately with Korean-American Artist, Duck Ae Karasek for 5 years in landscape, waterscape, still life, and 'en plein air', then traveled to Bermuda, Spain, France, Greece and Italy, where she honed her skills in landscapes and still lifes. Diane has also taken workshops en plein aire by Southeastern American Artists Roger Dale Brown, Gary Weiss, and Laurel Daniel; and a figure workshop by Robert Lemler. Diane continues to challenge herself by taking on projects of all types; however, she is particularly drawn to landscapes, waterscapes, and pets in oils. 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