About The Artist
Dianne’s journey into art began in the mid 1980s when she moved to Hawaii with her two small children. Surrounded by a family of artists, she took an interest in, and studied the Japanese art form of Sumi-e´ . She found the process of this ancient art form both meditative and relaxing. Painting was how Dianne would wind down at the end her day. She lived there and continued to paint, raising her children, (three of them now) and showing in galleries until the mid 90’s when she returned to Oregon to go back to school.
Fast forward to the new millennium when Dianne found herself in Maine awaiting the birth of her twin granddaughters. She picked up beading and before long was beadweaving, teaching and creating patterns for beadwork, some of which were purchased and published by Bead & Button magazine.
In 2011 Dianne’s husband accepted a position in Vermont so they packed up the house and 2 dogs and moved to a small town in the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont. That’s when the light really came on. Dianne bought her first little torch, a couple of forging hammers and started forming metal. Although quite a different tactile experience than Sumi-e´ Dianne gleaned a great deal of satisfaction from it. It wasn’t long before she had a full metalsmithing studio in the basement of that little rented house.
With the house in Maine sold they decided to make Vermont their permanent home and purchased a house out in the country surrounded by woods, waterfalls, & brooks. Dianne’s designs now are mainly dictated by these surroundings. She uses the long slender pine needles; the bark on the trees & leaves from the garden in the process of making some of her designs.
“The lichen growing on the rocks and trees demanded that I replicate it and gave birth to my enamel work. I am truly dazzled by nature: the beauty and intricacies held therein.”
Member: Vermont Hand Crafters, Inc.
Work can be seen at:
Revolution: White River Junction, VT
The Vault Gallery: Springfield, VT
Hannah Grimes Marketplace: Keene, NH
Main Street Gallery, Windsor, VT (September 2021)