About Me


Born in San Mateo, California to an artist Mother, Diane started manipulating paint at an early age. Her first job at the family art supply store gave her the opportunity to pour through a multitude of books and experiment with a myriad of materials.

Diane’s oil paintings are recognized for their Contemporary Impressionistic style. In her own words “it’s all about the focus, the purpose, the one strong statement”.  Her palette is limited to as few color choices as possible which makes her familiar vivid color harmonies really sing.

Spontaneous brush work with broken color passages flow in and out of her paintings, while the figure is the core source of her inspiration. The challenge to capture the surrounding atmosphere as well as the subject is a puzzle that keeps drawing her back to the human form. Her pursuit of capturing the essence of her subjects has rewarded her with accolades from many regional and national art shows.

As a figurative artist it is her goal to create a open ended visual story which will engage the viewer. She orchestrates her reference material  in much the same way movie producers plan their work. This begins with selecting the location and lighting conditions to set the overall theme for the painting. This is further refined by creating story boards, quick sketches and selecting props and costumes to set the scene.

Diane is a member of the American Impressionist Society, The Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member of The American Women Artists.

Her work can be found at the Meyer Vogel Gallery, 122 Meeting St., Charleston South Carolina, and the Paul Scott Gallery at 7103 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ, also online at DianeEugsterArt.com

Awards and Juried Competitions

2020 Oil Painters of America 29th National Juried Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TX

2020 Oil Painters of America Virtual Salon show

2020 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, St. George, Utah

2019 American Impressionist Society 20th National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club,  

         New York City, NY

2019 American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase

         Honorable Mention

2019 Portrait Artists of Arizona, 9th Annual Juried Competition, Phoenix 

          1st Merit Award

2018 American Women Artists, Juried on-line Small Works Show

2015 American Impressionist Society 16th National Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ

         Honorable Mention

2009 American Women Artists, National Exhibition, Easton MD

2009 American Impressionist Western Regional, Denver, CO

2008 American Impressionist Society Western Regional, Palm Desert, CA

         William Schultz Award

2008 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Dana Gallery, MT

2008 International Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2007 Greenwich Workshop Small Works North America

        Top 40

2007 Oil Painters of America, Miniature Show, Santa Barbara, CA

2007 American Impressionist Society 8th National Exhibition, Chicago, ILL

        Wind River Arts Award

2006 Best & Brightest, Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, AZ

        Best of Show

2006 Oil Painters of America, Western Regional

2006 American Impressionist Society 7th National Exhibition, Rockport, TX

        Best of Show



7 Replies to “About Me”

  1. enjoyed your paintings..very nice…question: how long does it take to paint one of your 16 x 20 paintings on average?
    I have never seen this question asked in tons of stories…thanks for ur reply…


    1. Mitchell, It takes me about two and a half days to complete a 16″ x 20″. The first day is the drawing, initial underpainting and beginning of painting, about 7 hours. The second day is working until semi completion, another 7 hours, the last day is the final corrections or enhancements, 3 to 5 hours.

      This approach helps me to keep the original concept in mind and most important the paint stays wet enough over this period to work alla prima. I have a blog post about it here; https://dianespaintingblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/alla-prima-changes-made

      thanks for your question, Diane

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  2. Dear Diane Eugster,

    My name is Maria Stella. I am a gallery representative, working with Agora Gallery, which is located in Chelsea, the art district of New York City.

    May I send you some information about the gallery and promotional services which may be of interest to you?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Maria Stella
    Gallery Representative | Agora Gallery
    Email: Maria@Agora-Gallery.com
    Website: http://www.Agora-Gallery.com|www.Art-mine.com


  3. the ads at top of the blog covers ALL of your name. I would complain. I love your work. Followed you awhile back. Rediscovered you. I want to keep following your work. I always learn something.


  4. I love your work and way of teaching. When SAS opens again do you have a workshop or even better, a weekly class, planned? I have painted bits and pieces here and there in various mediums but I am pretty much a beginner with oils and would love to study with you.


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