Calendar Month: December 2019
Underwriter: All Creatures Animal Hospital
About the Artist: Diane Raymond
Diane Raymond grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has loved art-making since she was a child. Much to her parents’ chagrin, her first drawings were on the walls of her bedroom! Artistic activities were always a part of her life, and while she and her husband raised their four daughters in New Jersey, she did not receive formal training in art until mid-life. After getting a Master’s degree in school counseling, she studied art therapy at Pratt Institute and became a registered art therapist. She worked in schools and in private practice with children from preschool to high school ages, using art as the main form of communication and expression. It was challenging and very rewarding work, but in 2010, she and her husband decided it would be best for his health to retire to Florida.
Since retiring, Diane has been taking oil painting classes from several excellent artists/teachers in the Stuart area. Every teacher has been encouraging, generous, and inspiring. Diane enjoys all art media, but oil paint is her favorite medium. She loves the creamy texture, the brilliance of color, the ability to paint over mistakes, and the smell of the paint! Diane enjoys painting landscapes, seascapes, birds and animals. She has recently been painting scenes of her grandchildren at play. She finds the process of painting to be therapeutic, relaxing, and healing. Diane exhibited in the ArtsFest Emerging Artists tent in 2017 and the Sandhill Cove Art Show and Sale in 2018. She is a board member of the Palm City Art Associates and a member of the Arts Council of Martin County.