Artist Profile
Diane Smith
Encinitas, CA


Website: artbydianeksmith.com
Watercolors by Diane K. Smith
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I love the sheer joy of using the loose, flowing medium of watercolor. I become totally absorbed in painting and enjoy creating images that are inspirational to other people. In my series of people from the 50’s and 60’s, the moments of peoples’ lives transcend time. We all share emotions–love, joy, anger, sadness, and painting a moment can bring the viewer back to the experience of the people in the painting. People relate to my paintings as if they were from their very own life experiences.

“Never take a job using your hands,” my dad would say when I was growing up. But for me there was piano, guitar, macrame, knitting, drawing, typing, gum wrapper chains – I couldn’t get enough of working or playing with my hands and it continued as I tried to be creative in my gift giving – decoupaged posters, hand-built wood holder, crocheted rug wedding gift. It seems I just had to do something with my hands. I was never encouraged to be an artist. But, an artist I was and am. It is in my soul.

So here I am today after graduating from college with a non-art degree and spending a few years misguided into teaching. I have found my place, working with my hands and creating art. I even create illustrations for art licensing, but that’s another story. Perhaps I’ll share them here… And, where will this lead next? I have some fun ideas, so check back to see where I’m going.

A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Diane Smith has been painting watercolors for the past 20 years. She emphasizes the use of vivid color, strong value contrasts and composition to create striking images of subjects that are near to her heart. Her love of painting people can be seen in her series of family images from the 50’s and 60’s, and in her portrait work. She also paints still life and flowers. Diane has received several awards in juried shows.
San Diego Watercolor Society
San Dieguito Art Guild



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