Although Diantha did not grow up in an artful environment, she was keenly interested in art from an early age and says it was always her first interest. As was with many of us, art was not considered a viable career in Diantha's family; studying it was a luxury that one made time for later in life. To that end, she worked as a secretary and a flight attendant to support her family. Being a flight attendant lead to her first visit to a fine arts museum in Washington D.C. where she fell in love with The Girls with the Watering Can by Renoir. That visit prompted her to begin searching out art opportunities. She was still working as a flight attendant when she decided to go back to school part-time to get her degree, which she did in 1996. She majored in painting and studied under Louise Freshman Brown. Diantha graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of North Florida.
Diantha paints 4-5 hours a day with a goal of painting 4-5 days a week ... "sometimes that happens," she says. She continues to expand her knowledge by participating in several workshops around the world each year adding new techniques and information to her repertoire. She says she finds lots of positive energy in those workshops and strives to "hopefully, get better and better".
Diantha primarily paints in acrylics, although she also enjoys mixed media and is always interested in learning new techniques. When choosing her subjects, Diantha focuses on the beauty and positive things that can be found everywhere. She particularly enjoys painting beautiful and varied landscapes, seascapes, marsh scenes, street scenes, florals, still lifes and abstractions. She says, there is so much beauty all around us ... it is important for her to project the awe of our surroundings ... she even finds beauty in drawing and painting the weeds in her garden. She says, "I would rather them be in my paintings than in my garden anyway!"
It is her desire that her paintings engage viewers and that they can feel/see the positive energies that she projects into of the creative processes she uses in creating her art pieces.
Diantha strives to achieve her primary goal: "to make art happen when she can" by serving as curator of the Snyder Gallery in Jacksonville and her participation on a committee at the Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, where they conduct 3 - 4 exhibits a year.
Her advice to beginners: do as much as you can; instruction/school are helpful to get you going faster and in the right direction; always have a sketch book with you and draw as much as you can ... drawing your hands and feet are great exercises and you always have access to them.
"Don't be afraid to make a mess ... it might be wonderful!"