Diane is an award winning artist in both Ohio and Florida. Her paintings have been included in local and international exhibits.
Born and raised for most of her childhood in Michigan, she attended Michigan State University as a fine arts major and finished her college education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in Art Education. As a graduate assistant to the Dean of the Art Education department, she received a high degree of experience which prepared her to teach high school art in Dayton, Ohio.
After raising her children, she re-entered the work world as an account executive for a major communications company. Upon retiring from the corporate world, she began her own business, Fee Fie Faux Fun, doing faux finishes, painted furniture, trompe l’oeil, and murals.
While working as a decorative painter, Diane completed the Master Gardener program through the Ohio State University extension in Montgomery County, Ohio. Her study of plants through the Master Gardener training and her love of gardening have greatly influenced her art.
In 2005 the Harms became snowbirds, spending winters in Florida. Intrigued by combining her knowledge of gardening and her artistic temperament, Diane enrolled in the Botanical Art and Illustration program at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Her interest in Botanical Art became a passion and she decided to pursue certification in Botanical Art under the tutelage of O.M. Braida, which she earned in 2008. During these years she was also a founding member of the Florida Society of Botanical Artists.
In 2010 Diane began her venture into colored pencil as a medium. She found it so versatile and rewarding that the majority of her work since has been in the pursuit of exploring that medium. Her botanicals are becoming more contemporary, often including background information and bolder, less classic compositions.
Diane’s other passion is her Master Gardener project involving the restoration of the civil war era Grotto Gardens at the VA Medical Center in Dayton. Both she and her husband spent much of their Ohio summers, with a group of other volunteers, restoring and maintaining the gardens. Her Grotto Art program has raised thousands of dollars to help fund the restoration.
In 2017, Diane and her husband Marty became fulltime Florida residents. The flora and fauna of Florida are becoming frequent subjects of Diane’s paintings.
With two married sons, five grandchildren and one great grandchild in Kentucky and Ohio, they will be making frequent trips north. And many of those visits will include visits to the Grotto Gardens.