Dianne owned a graphic design and marketing business for twenty-five years in Silicon Valley. She and husband Patrick Wilson moved to Jacksonville, OR in 2001, and Portland in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art from Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
An award-winning artist, Dianne won third place for ‘Orange Mohawk Man,’ one of two encaustic paintings juried in the IEA ‘Fusion’ exhibit in Santa Fe, NM. Dianne was a founding member of AMBUS Contemporary Art. For a number of years they had a co-op gallery in Jacksonville, then Medford. She was the Chief Business Officer of the International Encaustic Artists (IEA) from Feb 2012 – May 2013. She was also Board President for a number of years at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, CA before moving to Oregon, and more recently on the Board of Directors of The Geezer Gallery.
Dianne works in her studio in the Multnomah Village area of Portland, and is co-owner of Art In The Village Multnomah, a gallery in Multnomah Village.
“Each day working in my studio I start not knowing what image will emerge. I allow myself the freedom of indecisions, improvisations, and impulsiveness in my work, and that leads to exciting discoveries.
Subjects of my paintings vary depending on ideas that arise. My “Women With Attitude” has been an ongoing series that I continue to create even as I move in other directions. I use multiple mediums including, but not limited to encaustic, acrylic, oil and cold wax, and collage. I’m impatient by nature, my process is intuitive, I most enjoy the journey of creating, figuring out what works; what to keep, and what to abandon, until the piece works for me. I have no compulsion to save every work I do, and many become the layered history for a new piece.
Creating art energizes me, it’s a place where time is altered, where all my feelings and emotions appear at some time or another; pleased, tired, upbeat, excited, harried, surprised, and hopefully at some point, satisfied.”