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Diane Michelin Biography

Diane Michelin Artist Biography

Importantly, being part of the International Watercolor Art Society, Diane's work has been selected by international jury for several global exhibitions, most recently, at the Shenshen International Watercolour Biennial in China 2015.

Upcoming for 2017 her work is chosen for the International Watercolor Society exhibition in Malasia. These prestgious displays feature creations from artists globally.

Other major art shows included Madrid, Spain.

Also, Diane's efforts have been featured in each issue of Fly Fusion magazine since 2006.

A professional watercolor artist since 1990, and the Trout Unlimited Canada 2009 Artist of the Year, Diane was born in Montreal and currently resides in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

China Exhibit and tour 2015

totem pole artwork

China display

Academic and Artistic Studies:
BA UQUAM - University of Quebec, Montreal
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Haliburton School of Fine Art
Cape Cod Fine Art School

Professional Affiliations:
FCA, active member Federation of Canadian Artists - Nanaimo chapter
Nanaimo and Oceanside Arts Councils
BRAVO - past president francophone visual artists of Ontario 1998-2002
Le Cercle des Artistes Peintures et Sculptures du Quebec 1998-1999

Exhibitions, and Commissions:
Diane has exhibited her work in numerous events across Canada. Her work is on display at the Cascapedia River Museum (Gaspe), The American Museum of Fly Fishing (Manchester Vt), and the Museum Castel Di Sangro (Italy). Her watercolour was selected by Soho-Myriad (Atlanta) for the Grand Hyatt, Aspen Colorado and is also regularly featured in Fly Fusion magazine. Diane's fly fishing fine art is appreciated in private collections throughout Canada, the United States and in Europe and Asia.

Diane schedules time for providing workshops through galleries, and artist groups. Please contact Diane for availability in your area.

Artist Statement:
My watercolours describe the essence of fly fishing as told by exotic paraphernalia, rusty pick up trucks, fishin' dogs and snazzy tackle. The story is about optimism, bits of fur and feathers, solitude and companionship. Each day on the river is notable in the mist off the water or the misadventure of the moment. Consequently, I am inclined to depict the everyday aspect of our passion amid the complexity of the water, light and colour. For it is this that fuels us in our inordinate conservation commitments and the nonstop chatter in the fly shop.

Images are from a recent trip to the Kispiox River. While staying in our little Boler on the banks of the river, a month or more each year is spent painting, taking photos but mostly chasing steelhead. Thanks goes to the people of the valley for their warmth and hospitality and to the fellow fly fishers in camp for their support and comraderie.


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