Diane's work has been characterized as a unique blend of scientific accuracy and traditional style. The merging of these two traits is a natural result of her personal history as an artist. At age ten, Diane began painting under the guidance of locally prominent landscape artists in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She soon developed an interest in scientific illustrations, and later received a full scholarship to attend Tulane University, where she studied biological illustration, art history, and the natural sciences. After receiving her degree 1n 1982, Diane moved to Florida's west coast and began her career as a professional illustrator. She decide at this point to specialize in fish illustration using pen-and-ink and dry-brush watercolor. By 1986, Diane had begun painting in oils again, allowing her to balance the hard regimen of scientific illustration with the freedom of oil painting.
Diane's artwork has appeared on the covers of marine sport fishing periodicals and on numerous marine conservation stamps/prints and educational publications produced by several state governments. While her work continues to grow in popularity among private collectors, Diane still maintains and active illustration career, with her first priorities going to projects that enhance conservation of our natural resources. She is a member of the International Guilde of Natural Science Illustrators and an honorary lifetime member of the American Fisheries Society.
AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Florida snook stamp and print 1991-92, 1993-94, 1994-95.
Florida crawfish (spiny lobster) stamp and print 1993-94.
South Carolina marine fishing stamp and print 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97.
Coastal Conservsation Association stamp and print 1995-96.
First place, First Annual Marine Art Competition, Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show 1994.
State of Florida, saltwater fish illustrations 1992-1995.
State of Texas, freshwater fish illustrations 1995-96.
Artificial Reef Association fund-raising print 1996, 1997.
Penn Fishing Tackle catalog cover May 1997.
Marlin magazine cover May 1997.
Fisheries magazine covers June 1995, February 1996.
First place, miniatures competition, Florida Wildlife Exposition 1998.
Best of show, Florida Wildlife Exposition 1998.
International Game Fish Association, game fish of the world illustrations 1998.
American Fisheries Society artist-of-the-year 1995.
The Billfish Foundation membership print 1996.
International Game Fish Association world record book cover 1996.
Fishing Lines: Anglers Guide to Florida's Marine Resources
( free publication of the Florida Department of Enviromental Protection )
Fish of My Years ( author: John Cole, Meadow Run Press, NJ )
Know Your Florida Fishes poster series (3) Groupers, Snappers, Bait Fishes.
( free educational posters of the the Florida Department of Enviromental Protection )
PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER AFFILIATIONS:
Honrary lifetime member, American Fisheries Society - Florida chapter
International Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, member since 1988.
Board of Directors, Florida Foundation for Responsible Angling, 1998 - present.
Featured artist for the Chuck LaMar's Mercury Marine Celebrity Fishing Tournament to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 1998.