Diane is an illustrator and printmaker. She teaches courses in Natural History Drawing, Transparent Media, Book Illustration, and Pattern Design at Lesley University College of Art and Design.
Where do you live?
Where have you lived?
western massachusetts, boston and brookline, MA
What medium do you use?
gouache and mixed media
How do you stay inspired?
artists I love: david hockney, paul klee, the luboks, sonia delauney, edward bawden, the fauves, matisse, german expressionists, ben shawn, the bloomsbury group, eric ravilious, epinal art, persian miniatures, folk art/european and american, rufino tamayo, miuccia prada, and on and on. I go to museums and galleries often, keep an eye on the street beat, travel, have dinner with friends, look at foreign magazines, keep a sketchbook, stay in nature as much as possible. i love to teach and am inspired by my students
Where do you buy your art supplies?
johnson’s art, black horse art supplies and blick
Do you work traditionally or digitally?
What color combination are you most excited about right now?
chartreuse, pinks, neutrals
What blog(s) do you read?
Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
line and color, concept, passion to draw and work with my hands
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
involved in environmental studies or landscape design
What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
work about food, plants, music and travel
Name something you do in your spare time.
gardening, monotype printing
Where would you like to travel to next?
hotel la badia in orvieto, anywhere in italy, krakow, barcelona, county cork, australia
What’s your favorite TV show?
masterpiece theatre, charlie rose and diary of a foodie
What’s your favorite NPR show?
fresh air with terry gross, sound and spirit with ellen kushner
What movie have you seen several times?
jean de florette by claude berri, with gerard depardieu
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
casper the friendly ghost
What is your favorite cheese?
gourmandise (with pears)
If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
jude the obscure
Do you wear shoes when you do art?
my yellow moroccan slippers
What do you listen to while you work?
radiohead, loreena mckennitt, thom yorke, french music, opera
What artist are you reincarnated from?
What’s your middle name?
What do you wish your middle name was?
If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
How do you stay in shape?
How don’t you stay in shape?
chocolate, chocolate and too many artesianal bakeries in my neighborhood
What is your current favorite typeface?
mrs.eaves and bell (monotype)
How do you take your coffee?
ask me about tea
Whom would you like to meet?
What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
book with fleurs for peter pauper press
What was your favorite illustration assignment?
chronicle books, a book on french herbs and food
Alexander Isley Design
Bantam Dell Publishing
Better Homes and Gardens
Crabtree & Evelyn
Crate & Barrel
Food & Wine
Graphique de France
Harvard Business Review
Travel & Leisure
Wall Street Journal
The New Yorker
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