Diane is best known for her realistic colored pencil and mixed media paintings of birds. Often going beyond mere bird portraits, she portrays her birds in situations that tell a story or evoke an emotion.
She finds it fascinating that so much of nature is right at home in urban and suburban environments. Though many of her paintings have been influenced by visits to nature and conservation preserves, other subjects have been found in her own community.
Diane is an award-winning artist in both Ohio and Florida. After being certified as a Botanical Artist at the Ringling School of Art and Design under the tutelage of Olivia Braida Chusano, it was a small step to include other nature art in her portfolio. The up close details are what intrigue Diane.
In 2018 Diane received Signature status from the Colored Pencil Society of America denoting three acceptances in ten years to the annual International Colored Pencil Society exhibit. In 2019 she received signature status in the Explore This annual on line mixed media Colored Pencil Society of America exhibits again denoting three acceptances in ten years. She can now add CPSA and CPX after her signature on her paintings.