Diane Morgan A Master of Watercolors and Oils “One of the hottest artists in the Valley” “Just Glorious” (oil) work-in-progress by Jackie Devereaux
“Heaven in a ‘57” (watercolor)
IN DIAN WEL LS , CA – Ar t ist Diane Morgan is considered by many art aficionados as “one of the hottest artists in the Valley.” She can best be described as a woman with a passion for art - a passion that has won her numerous awards and landed her paintings in several prestigious collections (both private and public) throughout the United States and Canada. Morgan paints the world around her, first by capturing a common image in a photograph, then transferring that image onto a canvass in a very uncommon and spectacular way. “I envision a painting in almost everything I see,” Morgan said from her Indian Wells home. “Adding drama and mystery through the use of powerful lighting ef fects, ref lected surfaces, exaggerated contrasts and unusual
compositions, I strive to transform simple everyday life into un-ordinary, not-sostill life. “I like to take an ordinary subject and enhance the perception of it, invite the viewer to take a closer look. If you look closer, you may discover something new about yourself. I love how the medium takes command. The artist starts the process, but the paint takes charge and leads the work to a sometimes unintended outcome. It’s always exhilarating,” she said.
Morgan’s home is filled with her watercolor and oil paintings which have won many firsts, bests of show and best local artist honors. She is currently featured in a 10-page article, “Breathing Life into Not-So-Still Life,” in the June/ July 2012 issue of International Artist magazine. Her watercolor painting, “Raindrops on Roses” recently completed a yearlong tour in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. as part of the “Blossom Art of the Flower II” in Naples, Florida. Only 100 paintings were chosen from out of 2,300 entries from 35 countries. Morgan currently ser ves as the president of the C oachella Valle y Watercolor Society and a member of many art societies. Her work has been featured in major art magazines including American Art Collector, International Artist, Southwest Art, American Artist, the Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist. She teaches classes in watercolor, oil and acrylic at Venus Studio in Palm Desert.
“Autumn Delights” (watercolor) Morgan originally relocated to Palm Desert in 1988 but moved to Indian Wells in 2002. She was born and raised in Michigan where she earned a bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Michigan. Since moving to the desert she’s held numerous positions in the art community including her role as manager of the public arts program for the city of Palm Springs for 11 years. “Morning Glorious” (oil)
“Trumpet Taster” (watercolor)
Desert Star Weekly
July 26 - AUGUST 2, 2012