Diana Grant Artist Bio
Diana was born in Dallas, Texas to a military family. Growing up she lived in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Washington, Louisiana, Tennessee, Maryland and Oregon. Her family camped across the US, visiting many National Parks and Monuments. She spent many hours looking out the car window at landscapes.
As a child, she loved to draw and was encouraged by her teachers to attend the children’s art program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
From 1971-1976 she worked in Ceramics. She enjoyed hand building and throwing on the wheel. She took college level classes for two years while she attended college in Bend, Oregon.
In 1976 she started the Architecture Program at the University of Washington, which included drawing lessons. Her instructor for line drawing was Philip Thiel. She also took photography with Christian Straub.
Her focus in Architecture was on Environmental Design and after graduation worked in Solar Architecture and transitioned to Energy Conservation at Seattle City Light, where she worked for 25 years. During this career, she took classes by Margaret Davidson at the University of Washington in Scientific Illustration, and figure painting by Katy Stone. She explored Water Color through classes at the Experimental College.
After discovering the Kirkland Arts Center she studied there from 2008 through 2014 with Michael Otterson (abstracts), Doug Parry (still life), Jamie Breitenbach (landscapes) and Che Lopez (portraits). She co-facilitated and practiced figure drawing for two years from 2012 - 2014.
From 2014 to 2016 she took classes at Gage with Charles Emerson (abstract and still life), Julia Ricketts (abstract) and Jim Phalen (portrait).
In 2015 she started Plein Air landscape painting with the Evergreen Association of Fine Arts and continues today.
She is currently focused on working in her studio to develop her skills through exploring ideas and mediums in abstract and landscapes. Her current preferred medium in acrylic paint for it’s quick drying time and water solubility.