Diana Baker

Portfolio Categories: Paintings.

Diana was an Art History major at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT (’77). She spent most of her time painting and learned through her studio professor, Chaim Steinbach, that at that time we were at the tail end of abstract expressionism and moving towards minimalism and expressed social consciousness. She has never forgotten those roots. One of a few jobs after college was for Helen Frankenthaler as an administrative assistant for a year. She observed  the psyche of a successful female artist intent on gesture. Soon afterwards she attended architecture graduate school in new york but did not last more than 2 years. She did continue to work in the field and was transferred to Barcelona for a year to work on projects related to the ’92 Olympics. She continued her stay for 17 years, leaving architectural work and pursuing painting with total dedication. She showed frequently in this charming urbane city, as well as in cities nearby and Ibiza. She won 2 small awards for her ‘Green Project” -a series of ‘green’ paintings, and an animated short film titled ‘Musical Landscapes’ to music by an african jazz artist. She returned to the US in 2005. Since then she has shown sporadically in Southeastern Connecticut and has taught privately and at the Mystic Art Museum and Kingstown Art Center in drawing and painting to both adults and children. The courses that resonated the most were titled “Rethinking the landscape”. She is primarily an abstract landscape painter, working in most mediums, often mixing her paint with pigments.

 

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