Award winning Artist Diane Dean works in acrylic on canvas. Her vivid, heavily textured florals have been featured in “Southern Living Magazine,” Hendersonville’s “Bold Life,” Asheville Made," and on the cover of “The Laurel of Ashville.” She has been featured in the Asheville Regional Airport and in the permanent collections of Mission Hospital Asheville, and Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville. She has won numerous Best in Show awards. Her work hangs in corporate and private collections in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Prior to her art career, Diane worked in the graphic arts technology field for Adobe Systems where she introduced graphic arts professionals to software products like Photoshop and InDesign. She developed and delivered seminars and marketing events for major corporations including Coca Cola and Home Depot. The year 2000 marked her departure from Adobe and the beginning of her full-time art career. She became the Director of the Hilton Head Art League where she translated her graphic design skills to a new industry and began painting, as she says, “for real.” While in Hilton Head she also managed the Art League’s National Workshop Program and began teaching herself. She has taught for the Hilton Head Art League, The Society of Bluffton Artists, The City of Savannah and Sun City Hilton Head. She gained national attention when HGTV’s “That’s Clever” series featured a segment on her work and techniques. Now living in beautiful Hendersonville, she is the President of the Art League of Henderson County and teaches for the Art League, The Greenville Center for the Arts and private workshops.
About Her Artwork....Each painting begins as an abstract textural base of white gesso applied quickly and loosely. Wire mesh, fabric, papers, rakes and metal objects are pressed into the surface and then removed with the goal of achieving a design that will stand alone as an abstract work. Fluid and heavy bodied acrylics are applied with brushwork and palette knife. The result is of a blend of abstract elements with vivid representational components. See the "Videos" link for demonstrations of my techniques.
About Her Workshops.....
Diane teaches Techniques in Acrylic ranging from representational to abstract. She also teaches mixed media and collage. Her classes are available through the Art League of Henderson County or through her website. All workshops are limited to no more than 5 students and held in her private studio/workshop space at Art on 7Th in Historic Hendersonville's 7th Avenue district. Go to the Workshop Page on this website for more details.