Everyone needs a passion and I have found mine in watercolor painting. Life in Vermont is beautiful and the everchanging landscape offers unlimited inspiration for me along with lots of challenges associated with the medium. I have painted watercolors for many years on and off, but since retiring a few years ago, I paint nearly every day.
Itís all about the process, not the results. A recent watercolor instructor stressed being willing to stay in the moment. I try to do that giving myself a chance to learn about color, placement, balance and all the rest to achieve a good painting. It doesnít always happen, but these challenges get me up in the morning and keep the creative juices flowing all day long.
I primarily work from my own digital photos, but I also take time for some plein air painting as well with fellow artists Ė weather permitting. My paintings are an interpretation of the places I visit and the vistas I capture around my area and beyond. I feel my work is still evolving and I find the journey totally fulfilling and exciting.
I earned an art degree from Iowa State University and have taken watercolor workshops over the years from some well-known watercolorists including Mel Stabin, Judi Wagner, Pat Weaver, Tony Van Hasselt, Frank Francesse and Tom Lynch. I hold a signature membership with the Vermont Watercolor Society and am also a member of the board of directors.
This past summer I opened my own home gallery here in Weston on Maple Hill Road, just 1.2 miles from the Village. Go to my website at: http://dianebell.org to see more work.
My art affiliations include:
Vermont Watercolor Society
Southern Vermont Art Center
Monadnock Area Artists Association
Weston Area Artists
Recent exhibits include:
Hunter Gallery of Fine Art, Grafton, Vermont
Chandler Center of Fine Art, Randolph, Vermont
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont
Emile Gruppe Gallery, Jericho
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester
West River Gallery, Weston
Red Roof Gallery, Enfield, NH