Diane is a signature member of the Pastel Painter’s Society of Cape Cod, and member of North River Arts Society. In addition she is the Chair of the Gallery Committee at the Milton Art Center’s Gallery 334. She received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University in 1979, and has completed additional coursework at MassArt, Museum School, and Bennington College. In addition she has studied with numerous artists including Liz Haywood Sullivan, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Susan Ogilvie, Stan Sperlak, Casey Klahn, Marla Baggetta, Ed Chesnovich, Michele Poirier-Mozzone, Tony Alain, and Alaine Picard, among others.
"The great joy of painting for me is that it provides an opportunity to sit with and really see the world. I work both en plein air, and in the studio from sketches, color notes and photos that I have gathered as reference on site. All of my work is essentially about light, the way it falls on the landscape. I love the light in the warm summer months, especially in the morning and the evening, when the sun is low in the sky. Shadows deepen, and colors seem especially vivid in the slanting light. In the winter, the light is cooler, and the colors more muted. However, it is often clearer, and there is a beautiful stillness and clarity in the landscape. I am particularly intrigued right now with water, how it reflects the sky, but also is transparent, with the objects below and above the surface combining in an ever-changing mosaic." -Diane Reed Sawyer