Diane Pike was born in Iowa, and moved to Boulder, Colorado at an early age. Boulder was home for 50 years until the Lake Norman area of North Carolina became her residence in late 2008. Diane graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1975 with a focus on graphic design and printmaking. She took her first painting class in 2002, learning the Henry Hensche tradition –sometimes referred to as The Art of Color Seeing–studying the effect that light has on color. This approach in understanding color laid the foundation to Diane’s paintings and eventually led to the strong infusion of color and abstracted shapes in her work.
Diane paints full-time at her Lake Norman studio and also teaches several workshops a year—Texas, New Mexico, Alaska, North Carolina and Ireland have been recent workshop locations. She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and a member of the Piedmont Pastel Society in North Carolina.
Participants should bring a portable easel, or a small table if using a table easel along with a chair. Any medium-oils, acrylic, pastels, watercolour – is welcome. Bring whatever colours you have and like to use when you paint, along with brushes and paper towels. Painting Panels , 12 x 16, will be provided, along with Gamsol mineral spirits for oil painters. Please bring water and a container if you use acrylic or watercolours. If you want to paint larger, you may bring your own canvas/panel.