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A professional watercolour artist for over 22 years, 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.
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
FCA, member Federation of Canadian Artists - Nanaimo chapter 2006-2010
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 shows in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Diane's work is on display at the Cascapedia River Museum (Gaspe) and selected galleries in B.C. Alberta and U.S.A. Her watercolour was selected by Soho-Myriad (Atlanta) for the Grand Hyatt, Aspen Colorado and is also regularly featured in Fly Fusion magazine. Commissions include work for Selene Dumaine (Maine guide and writer for Fly Tyer magazine) and Watermaster Boats (Montana). Diane's fly fishing fine art is appreciated in private collections throughout Canada, the United States and in Europe.
Diane schedules time for providing workshops through galleries, and artist groups. Currently, weekly classes are available at the Craig Bay Community Resort in Parksville. Please contact Diane for availability in your area.
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 the annual trip to the Kispiox River. Staying in our little Boler on the banks of the river, one month was 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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