A New Orleans native, I love painting my great city, its extraordinary food and the surrounding south Louisiana swamps and bayous. I have shown my work at many of the local shows in south Louisiana – the Pirate’s Alley Art Show at French Quarter Fest, the New Orleans Arts Council show in Palmer Park, Madisonville Arts & Crafts Market, the Wooden Boat Festival in Madisonville, Crabfest Lacombe, and many others. I’ve given up outdoor shows now, but have my pieces available at several locations throughout town(see below) and, of course, on the web!
I haven’t always painted. As a child, my middle sister was known in our family as the one “having artistic ability”. Even though my cousin and I were “artists” for Mardi Gras one early childhood year, I’m sure there was no real faith that one of us would have that as our destiny. I was so envious of my sister but never, ever tried to reach her ability of artistic accomplishment. Life takes us through so many twists and turns and my choice of which road I would travel is no different. In 1972, I had a husband in school, a 2-year old daughter, a full-time job (which I despised but needed). Life was so exhausting. I stopped this mad circle for one moment, as we sometimes do, and said: “What about me?” I really, really needed to think about something – just any little thing – for me. What I wanted most of all, more than anything – well, actually, there were two things – I wanted to learn to play tennis and to go to art school. I could pick one. It was summer in New Orleans, hot as blazes. Even though neither option promised cool air, the thought of running around after that little yellow ball on the hot-enough-to-fry-bacon tennis court was enough to sway me. Art school! I was going to go learn to paint! (Hopefully, they wouldn’t test my talent. If so, I’m out, for sure!) So, that’s the way my life turned: They didn’t ask me if I could paint; they didn’t ask if I ‘had a portfolio’; they didn’t test me. They accepted me into McCrady’s Art School in the French Quarter. And they taught me to draw, to understand colors and values, to fully see and, most of all, to paint! And I’m grateful.
Painting – with the abundance of colorful life here in New Orleans – the streets, the food, the swamps and bayous, our wildlife – well, it just can’t get any better! McCrady’s taught me well, in a classical sense, and I am one lucky lady to be able to live my days fulfilling my dream. As I paint our abundance here, I’m living inside the scene, re-living the moment and, as you view my paintings, my wish is that you also share in the joy that is unique to New Orleans and South Louisiana.
Spending my days with my paints and easel, my life is rich and full, supported in every way by a wonderful husband, children of which I am immensely proud, and a loving family. A few years ago, I was In a personal fight with breast cancer. It changed me. It opened my eyes. I survived. I am truly blessed and continue to paint.
Thank you for listening to my story and viewing my work. I appreciate it. If you have any questions, please contact me. I’m here to help. Thank you. Dianne
LeJardin/Adorn Gallery in the French Quarter: A selection of my work can be seen at LeJardin and Adorn Galleries at 610 Royal Street, in the French Quarter. There are a number of original paintings, canvas giclees and matted lustre prints available. Le Jardin is nestled in an 1820 carriageway on Royal Street, right across from Court of Two Sisters. Adorn is the adjacent gallery and both shops are filled with wonderful items from local artists. The galleries are open seven days a week and can be reached at 504-680-0133 for additional information.
Annadele’s Plantation: A group of framed reproductions is permanently on display at Annadele’s Plantation, a beautiful, historic B&B with a Creole-French restaurant and four New Orleans-style suites, located at 71518 Chestnut, Covington, LA 70433. Annadele’s history goes back almost two centuries, sitting on 24 acres in Covington, LA (on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain) and, should you decide to visit, you will be graciously greeted and treated to unmatched dining. Visit, view my work hanging throughout and enjoy! (985)809-7669.
Copper Rooster Antiques-Gifts: A selecton of signed and matted prints are shown in this quaint shop on the North Shore in Covington (222 Lee Lane – (985) 892-5171). You’ll love taking a walk down Lee Lane with all of its cottages (now quaint businesses). There is so much to see and all the folks are super nice – you’ll have a great time.
Cypress Custom Framing and Gifts: This great frame and gift shop on the North Shore (100 Tyler Square – at the junction of Tyler (Hwy 21) and West 21st St. (Boston) in Covington; (985) 327-7927) carries signed prints, as well as signed and numbered Limited Edition prints on Torchon by Hahnemühle Traditional Fine Art Papers. Hahnemühle is the oldest German papermaker for fine art and Cypress is the exclusive carrier for my work in this fine art medium.
On the web:
Fine art reproductions with Fine Art America:
Fine art reproductions on my Etsy site:
If you have any questions at all, please call me!