Diane waited to explore her artistic talent until her daughter was grown and her husband's business could run well without her. She retired from managing his law office and set up a fine gifts and accessories website. Eventually she outgrew her basement and opened a store front. There she carried many one-of-a-kind artisan pieces, as well as pieces of fine art paintings, both purchased locally and from around the globe. After closing her store in 2006, Diane realized her passion 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 basement in which to practice and hone her skills. She 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 has also taken 'plein air' workshops from Southeastern Artists Roger Dale Brown and Gary Weiss. For over three years she has studied representational impressionism privately under artist, mentor and friend, Atlanta artist, Duck Ae Karasek.
I am '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 an old barn, 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 and more 'en plein air', and at being able to finish more paintings 'alla prima'. If my work can bring a smile to someone's day, I feel complete.
Oil Painters of America (OPA), Art Center of Johns Creek, Atlanta Artists Center, Roswell Arts Alliance; On-Line: Daily Painters of Georgia, Fine Art Studio Online (FASO), Plein Air Painters of Georgia, Atlanta Painters, Artiste de Studio and Plein Air Georgia
Website by Diane K. Hewitt. Copyright © 2013 - All Rights Reserved