Diane Burchett

Artist’s statement: I learned how to draw at Parson’s School of Design in the early 1990’s. Since then I have lived in many different cities doing many different jobs. I became passionate about painting in 2008, almost 20 years later. You never know where life is going to take you, you just have to go with it as it comes.

I have taken painting workshops with Daniel Greene, Frank Covino, Joshua Fallik and David Kassan and attended great lectures at a Weekend With The Masters convention. For a few years I was fortunate to live near the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City where I studied the paintings of old masters like Titian, Bronzino, Caravaggio, Rubens and Rembrandt. The museum also has an extensive research library where I was able to do a lot of reading about the Italian Renaissance. I spent countless hours in museums all over the country whenever I could.

The painters who have influenced me the most are Leonardo DaVinci, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Jacques Louis David. At the moment I live in Denver. Serious health issues have slowed me down considerably over the past couple of years. It is frustrating to have so many ideas that I want to explore and so little time to paint. Those days spent in bed hopefully include a little time reading about other artists or thinking about the paintings that I am currently working on. A large part of the painting style that I do is a mental activity. No one knows what the future will bring and I look forward to every new day.

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