I am a painter, and work both in soft pastel, and oil. I love to blur the line between abstraction and representation, as seen in my Aerial Series, and other works.

For the past year, I have been immersed in developing an exciting new body of work using oil and cold wax, and am greatly enjoying exploring this new medium. I will be adding more of my new work in stages in the coming months.

I am still best known for my work in soft pastel, which has been my primary focus for many years. My paintings have been exhibited widely, including national and international juried exhibitions, and have received numerous awards. In 2018, my Aerial Series was featured in a 10 page article in Pastel Magazine.

I graduated with a BFA from the Boston Museum School in partnership with Tufts University. I have also had the opportunity to study privately with many accomplished artists and teachers, including pastelists Liz Haywood Sullivan, Jeanne Rosier Smith, and Michele Poirier-Mozzone; oil painters Tim Hawkesworth, Jon Redmond, and Margaret McQwethy; as well as the founders of Cold Wax Academy— Rebecca Crowell, and Jerry McLaughlin. I have learned so much from all of them!

I live and work in The Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts in North Adams, MA

Signature member: Pastel Society of America (PSA)
Signature member: Pastel Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC)

Real Eyes Gallery, Adams, MA
Francesca Anderson Fine Arts, Lexington, MA


Renaissance in Pastels, Connecticut Pastel Society (CPS), Great American Pastels Award #1, October 2020
Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America (PSA), The Salmagundi Award, September 2019
Renaissance in Pastels, CPS, Pastel Society of America Award, November 2018
For Pastel’s Only, (FPO) Pastel Painter’s Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC) Dakota Art Pastels Award, June 2018
South Shore Art Center (SSAC) Summer Arts Festival 2017, Second Place in Drawing and Pastels, June 2017
Entryways, SSAC National Juried Show, Third Place, January 2017
PPSCC Member Show, Second Place, October 2016
Purely Pastel, CPS, Bronze Award for Excellence, June – July 2016
Gallery 334, Milton Art Center, Celebrate Summer, People’s Choice: Best in Show, 2016
UArt 2015 National Online Juried Competition, Best in Show, August 2015
Renaissance in Pastels, CPS, Judith Walo Memorial Award, October 2015


Almost Miniatures, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington MA, November 2020 – Feburary, 2021
Eclipse Gallery: Six Person Show, August 2020
For Pastels Only (FPO), PPSCC, June 2012 – 2020
Eclipse Mill Artists Annual Exhibition, September 2019
Eclipse Mill Artists Annual Exhibition, October 2018
Renaissance in Pastels, Connecticut Pastel Society (CPS), October 18 – November 17, 2018
International Association of Pastel Societies, (IAPS), Juried Show, November 2018
Summer Arts Festival, SSAC, June 2018
Making Our Mark, Sprinkler Factory Gallery, Worcester, MA, 6 person show, April 2018
Nocturnes, Juried Exhibition, True Grit Gallery, November – December, 2018
Online Members Show, CPS, 2018
Shapes and Shadows, Juried Exhibition, SSAC, January – February 2018
Renaissance in Pastels, CPS, October – November 2017
Pigments, five-person show, SSAC, September 15 – November 5, 2017


I am honored to be profiled in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Pastel Journal, in an article focusing on my Aerial series.

In 2017 my work was featured in Pastel Journal in an article about the IAPS exhibition, and in a South Shore Living article about True Grit Gallery.

Coverage of my shows and awards has appeared in: The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, and Milton Times

Juror of Awards: Connecticut Pastel Society, Renaissance in Pastels, 2016
Juror: Signature Membership Panel, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, 2017, 2018

Gallery Chair, Gallery 334, Milton Art Center, Milton MA 2014 – 2018
Organizer of MAC Juried shows 2016 – 2018.
PPSCC: Master Workshop Coordinator, FPO Awards Committee

8 thoughts on “ABOUT THE ARTIST

  1. Lovely work! I also live on Cape Cod. I dabble in watercolors. I loved your explanation of the Sandy Neck pastel piece, how you approached the layering and the light, very interesting. It seems a lot of my life is now about “chasing the light”. Marian


  2. I love the image if the boy entering the water in the pastel which I bought at the Pastel Society show. I gave it to my grown son for his house since it reminded me of him at the Cape when he was about 11 or 12. I’m an artist also and I appreciate your skill with using pastels.

    Joan Baldwin


    1. Joan, thank you for your comment! It’s so nice to know where the piece ended up. I love that you gave it to your son. I just sold the larger piece that was used on the card for my show in Hingham.

      It’s so nice to know as an artist that others connect with what you’re doing. Is your site joanbaldwin.com? If so, love your work! If not, I’d love to see what you’re doing.


  3. It is so nice to know that those who love arts pursue it because that is what they wanted. I adore you for that Dianne. Not all people knows how to appreciate art and it makes me so happy that there are still people out there who are interested in art. Like you, I love painting, especially the nature. I am so fascinated how the nature looks like and it calms me every time I go take a walk and even just by merely sitting at the park. I am hoping we can meet someday to share our ideas. Keep it up Miss Dianne!


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