Artist Diane Washa, dianewasha.com , is an award-winning painter who takes inspiration from the changing landscapes she has had in view since road trips with her family as a child. Diane creates paintings in an intriguingly abstract style that is rich in detail. She most often works en plein air.
Painting in sight of the prairies, streams, rivers, and bluffs of Wisconsin’s countryside and the sweep of dramatic skies overhead, Diane’s brush captures the movement of color and light, and time and place. In still-life studies, she sometimes extracts a single intimate element of the landscape that catches her eye.
Diane came late to her now-productive life as an artist. A business executive by day, she got serious about her lifelong passion for painting in 2005. Several years later, she was exhibiting in galleries and at art exhibitions. And over the past decade, Diane has exhibited in dozens of art shows, some as a featured artist.
Diane has a degree in fine art from Milton College and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. She continues her quest to learn and grow in her art through studies with a number of admired painters and is part of a network of artists dedicated to the en plein air approach.
Experimentation excites Diane’s art. Her continuing education in painting includes working side-by-side with artists doing nonrepresentational images in oil. Diane is represented by Abel Contemporary Gallery, abelcontemporary.com .
2018 Awards and Exhibitions
Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
—juried exhibition Forward 2018: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now
Bluff Strokes, Dubuque, IA —Artist Choice and Poetic First Place
Theodore Robinson Plein Air Event, Evansville, WI —First Place
Taliesin Plein Air Event, Spring Green, WI —Artist Choice
Paint the Point, Mineral Point, WI —Second Place
BoldBrush Painting Competition FAV15% —March and November
Lower Sugar River Watershed Association, Monroe, WI —juried art exhibition Seasons of the Sugar River
Submitted by Diane Washa .