Diana has always loved art. She was heavily influenced by her older sister and brother’s artistic abilities and would often try to emulate their style. She was always drawn to the arts, but as a young woman living on her own, she had to work to support herself. Unfortunately, that work didn’t include art. Diana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s College and a Master’s Degree in reading from Long Island University.
Diana didn’t start painting until well into adulthood. Experimenting with different mediums and surfaces, she was naturally attracted to the vibrancy achieved through glazing in watercolor. She enjoys capturing every day subjects basked in sunlight. Light is essential to her work and many of her paintings explore the contrast of light versus shadow. Her style varies, and she enjoys experimenting using different techniques. She acknowledges that this style is still evolving.
Living on Long Island, she agrees that there are endless opportunities for photo references, which then go on to become inspiration for her paintings. She especially likes to explore the beaches, farm stands, fields of flowers, and antique shops of the east end. She often includes objects from her trips out east into her still life designs.
Diana has recently begun to enter her work in local, regional, national, and international watercolor shows. She is a member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pike’s Peak Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Northeast Watercolor Society, and the American Watercolor Society. She is also a member of a variety of local Long Island art groups. Diana has had paintings accepted into almost all the groups mentioned above and has had won awards in National and International shows. She hopes to increase her painting time when retired from teaching middle school English Language Arts.
Diana is honored to be a part of Women Sharing Art. She looks forward to the many opportunities and experiences that can come from such a diverse group of talented women!