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Diane Mannion - Biography

My adopted state of Florida is an inspiration.  Sky and water, vivid colors, light and shadows... hurricanes!  There’s an energy here that drives my painting.  People, palm trees, birds and flowers.  Tourists and trailer parks.  Painting material everywhere I look!  I'm lucky to live where the ordinary is extraordinary.  Florida’s beauty contrasts sharply with seedy tackiness.  My challenge is to translate this visual chaos with paint in full color.   


I paint with several plein air groups in Southwest Florida and often venture out on my own.   Sometimes fire ants or rain chase me into my car (auto-painting).   A plein air sketch may evolve into a larger studio painting.  Over thirty years as an artist/author (more than 64 books illustrated as Diane Paterson, 12 as author) have influenced the way I see and translate visual reference.  Sharing my skills through teaching has sharpened my life-long learning process.


My blog has become an important part of my work.  I post and write about painting techniques almost daily.  Please visit:



TEACHING: On-going sessions... Venice Arts Center, Ringling Englewood, Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center.


Education:             Pratt Institute and SUNY, BA, New York and Graduate Studies, Instructor


Membership:            Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda,  Art Instructor

                        Visual Arts Center, Venice, Instructor

                         Ringling Englewood Art Center, Instructor

                        Plein Air Painters of Florida

                        Plein Air Painters Sun Coast

                        Light Chasers Plein Air Painters, Sarasota

                        OPA Oil painters of America

                        Portrait Society of America

                        Daily Painters, member

                        Daily Paintworks,  member

                        Women Painters of the Southeast

                         American Impressionist Society

Exhibits:   2008                 Paintout, Mary Erickson’s Retreat, NC

                                               Julia’s Arts, Demo, Matlacha, FL

   St Armands Art Festival, Sarasota, FL

   Ringling’s Englewood Art Center, Sea and Shore Exhibit,FL

   Venice Art Center, Fall Group Show, FL        

                                             Art In the Palms, Palm Island, FL

                                            Art Sensations, Paintout Punta Gorda, Marina, FL

       2009                             Venice Art Festival, FL

                                    Julia’s Arts Demo, Matlacha, FL

                                    Dearborn Street Paintout, Englewood, FL           

                                    Plein Air Painters Group Show, Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL

                                    Venice Art Center Spring Exhibit, FL, MERIT AWARD

                                    Firecracker Show, Punta Gorda, FL, VAC, FIRST PRIZE

                                    Asian Art Influence Exhibit, Venice Art Center

                                    Summer Sizzler Exhibit, Punta Gorda VAC, 1st Place

                                    Paint the Parks, Juried into Parks Mini 2nd50 Competition

                                    Moderator, VAC Plein Air Painters Heatstrokes

                                    Harvest of Art, Juried, Punta Gorda, MERIT AWARD

                                    FACES AND FIGURES, Venice Art Center, MERIT AWARD

                                    ART IN THE PALMS, Palm Island.  Moderator for Heatstrokes plein air group.

       2010                    Several awards at all the art centers group shows.   Have large ribbon collection!                   

                                 National Show, Punta Gorda

                                 Harvest of Art, Punta Gorda... 2nd Place

                                 Taught workshops and classes for pastel, Bootcamp, Small paintings, and youth art camp, Punta Gorda, FL.

       2011                  Punta Gorda Plein Air Competition, 1st place AND People's choice!    

                                 Teaching workshops and classes for pastel, Bootcamp, Small paintings, Punta Gorda, FL,

                                  Ringling's Englewood Art Center, and Venice Art Center.

                                  Won lots of awards and ribbons in 2011 that I was too busy to post here but the main win of the year

                                  was a huge honor!  THE BOWLES PORTRAIT AWARD for my MOHAGANY WOMAN.

                                 Had three paintings accepted into Randy Higbee's 6x6 inch show in California!

 2012                        March 16th... showing at the Celery Barn, Towles Court, Sarasota, FL with the Light Chasers Plein Air Group.

                                  March... NAUTILUS in the Salon des Refuses, VAC Punta Gorda, FL.

                                 April... two paintings in the Woman Painters of the Southeast show CORSE GALLERY, Jacksonville, FL.

MAHOGANY WOMAN won top prize, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award of Excellence!

                                 Grosse Pointe, MI... Group Show, Realisim/Surrealisim June-July

2013                       Women Painters of the SE, second year exhibit.

                                 Harvest of Art Group Show, Punta Gorda, FL

                                 JUDGE! Hermitage Paintout, Manasota Key, FL,

                                 Randy Higbee 6" Square Show, 3rd year

                                 Judge, Desoto Arts and Humanities Members Show

                                 Boldbrush Competition...FAV 15% 10/2013

                                 GREATEST HITS, Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center, Boyles Award for Outstanding Portraiture (second time won!)          AND       People's Choice Award


                                 Women Painters of the Southeast, juried into 2014 show

                                 Punta Gorda National Show, 2014... 2 paintings juried in!

                                 Light Chasers Hub Show, Sarasota

                                 SOS, Save Our Seabirds, plein air weekend with Light Chasers

                                 Ringling Englewood...2 Artists

                                 Solo Show!  IN FULL COLOR, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast,

                                 Bay Preserve at Osprey March-May 2014

                                Art Alliance of Lemon Bay, Plein air show, Englewood, FL

                                Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center Plein Air Painters show

                                Ringling Instructors Show, Englewood, FL

                                Randy Higbee 6" Square Show

                                BRADENTON PAINTOUT, Second prize Quick Draw, and Honorable Mention for Exhibition

                                ARCADIA PAINTOUT, 2014 FIRST PRIZE

                                BOLDBRUSH FAV WINNER! OCT 2014


                                 Teaching ongoing classes in Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center, and Ringling Art Center, Englewood.

                                 Maintaining Painting and Technique Blog with over 900 paintings archived in less than five years. 



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