Dianne Schelble has been creating deliciously rich opaque watercolors for over 40 years. Her paintings are vibrant works with generously applied paint, creating a unique look resembling, from afar, a palette knife technique. These paintings are alive in the moment – energetic and bold with intriguing light.
Much of her career was spent painting in watercolor, and she attributes much of her development to Hudson River Valley Art Workshops faculty member and painter Skip Lawrence, with whom she has studied for nearly 16 years. But for her recent series, “Market Day at Chase’s Daily” she switched gears and started painting on panels after inheriting a hoard of high quality acrylics. The resulting paintings really resonated with her, and she didn’t have to separate the viewer from the surface with glass – which she never really liked to do. The appearance of the paintings are consistent with her works on paper – energetic and bold with intriguing light. Instead of exaggerating the colors, she translates them as we absorb the combination of hues holistically. The work is rich and deep, softening the world’s natural and manmade reflection for a saturated field of color. Dianne is a “painter’s painter,” as her work can be found on the walls of many well respected artists.
“Maine is a most wonderful place to paint, which is the reason it has attracted some of the greatest painters of the past three centuries. The dynamic shapes of sun, shadow and color in buildings and woodland are most inspiring to me. One can’t help but get excited about trying to express these feelings. My goal is to remind the viewer of the beauty that exists in breathing in their environment – something we all tend to overlook in the familiarity of the day to day”.
Dianne Schelble received her BA from the University Of Michigan School Of Art. Her early career included a successful run in illustration and architectural renderings, but her true love was the application of paint, instead of graphite. After raising four children, she returned to watercolor and has since appeared in numerous prestigious shows and publications through out the country. She has continued her education working with Hudson River Valley Art faculty member and painter Skip Lawrence for 13 years, who teaches workshops in New York and Maine. Dianne’s paintings can be found on the walls of many public institutions, and most recently thirteen pieces were purchased for one of the most prestigious law firms in Washington DC. Her work has also recently been acquired by the U.S. State Department’s Art Bank program. Palette Magazine featured Dianne’s work on the cover of their June-July 2013 issue, with a six page spread including 10 images in a feature story called “Gutsy Color- Poetic Light.”