Artist DIANE STAVRUM, SWA, attended the University of Oregon, 1964, and graduated from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles with her Bachelor and Master Degrees in painting, 1969. Diane was honored with the Society of Western Artists Signature Award SWA, 1981.
DIANE STAVRUM, SWA, was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and spent her childhood in Madison, Wisconsin, and her high school years in Santa Barbara, California. She attended the Santa Barbara City College, one year, University of Oregon for two years, and graduated from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles with her Bachelor and Master Degree in painting. She earned her teaching credential at Fresno State University and taught art classes in elementary school for 2 years and High school for six and one half years.
Diane resigned from teaching in 1980 to pursue a professional career in painting. In less than 20 months this talented artist received her SWA Signature Award for her watercolor paintings. In two years her paintings had been received and merited in nine national watercolor exhibitions. Diane has been invited to be an instructor in workshops and critiques and has been called upon to jury several art shows.
A Fresno Bee Art Critic reported Stavrum watercolor paintings are uniquely living. As some collectors have related they have recognized Diane’s gifted ability with exceptional draftsmanship along with creating compositions of movement giving her work a kind of intangible depth. The source of most of her nature paintings have come from the wildlife and beautiful scenery that surround her home in the Sierras close to Yosemite National Park. Diane work has been shown in galleries in Carmel and San Francisco, Fresno, and Los Olivos, and Oakhurst.
Now residing in Petaluma, Diane’s time will be given fully to enjoy painting the surrounding Sonoma and Marin Counties.