Dianne Horton was an educator for 31 years before she began painting. “The conscious and subconscious choices involved in the process of completing a painting are a never-ending source of excitement and amazement for me,” Dianne said. She is a fourth generation artist. In 1999 she co-founded The Working Art Gallery in Belfast, ME. In this space, the owner/artists were able to maintain continuous open studios, meet customers and sell their work while featuring “traveling artists.”
Dianne’s medium is watercolor and pen & ink and she loves painting seascapes and boats and lobstermen in peaceful harbors in her unique whimsical style. Her fascination with Belfast’s historic structures has led her to paint centuries-old buildings and homes on a commission basis. Dianne has expanded her work to include her watercolor images baked onto tiles, using a dye sublimation process.
Dianne’s first influence was her great aunt, Ethel Wight, who owned the Wight Studio in Ocean Park, ME in the early 1900’s. She was the first female member of the Portland Camera Club. Her photographs were recently on exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art, one of which is the famous photo of Lindbergh landing his plane on the sand at Old Orchard Beach.
Dianne maintains an open studio and gallery on Swan Lake in Swanville , Maine just 7 miles from Belfast, Maine. She and her husband Dan are finishing a large studio/gallery space above their garage and visits will be encouraged to see the artist at work as well as to participate in her offered workshops or those conducted by other visiting artists.
here to see samples of Dianne's work.