Diane Stavrum 

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​​​The source of most of her nature paintings are from the wildlife and beautiful scenery that surround her home in the Sierras close to Yosemite National Park. Diane work has been shown in galleries in Carmel and San Francisco, Fresno, and Los Olivos, and Oakhurst. 1987 - 2004 family responsibilities called for her attention. Diane has been unable to participate in shows, galleries, and/or painting itself. She has been rekindling her fires of creativity for the last year, searching for the expression of who she is now. Her new works will be on display in the near future. 


​The interim years of 1987-2004 Diane served her parents a primary care giver and real estate management. She did some private painting, designed and built a house, bought,  rented, maintained, and sold seven three bedroom homes. Upon her parent s subsequent deaths she entered the CDSP Seminary in 2004.  

Diane graduated from Episcopal Seminary at GTU, with a  M.Div. degree in 2007.  She recently retired after seven years as Chaplain on Staff at the Chaparral House, a skilled nursing home in Berkeley and as of November 2015 is residing in Petaluma.  She is now a member of the North Bay Plein Air Painters and is beginning a new phase in her art career. No doubt her paintings will be different and hopefull very exciting to watch the growth and development emerge. 



Artist DIANE STAVRUM, SWA, attended the University of Oregon, and graduated from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles with her Bachelor and Master Degrees in painting . Diane was honored with the Society of Western Artists Signature Award SWA.

In Depth biography In Depth DIANE STAVRUM, SWA, was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and spent her childhood in Madison, Wisconsin, and her high school years in Santa Barbara, California. She attended the Santa Barbara City College, one year, University of Oregon for two years, and graduated from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles with her Bachelor and Master Degree in painting 1969. She earned her teaching credential at Fresno State University 1975 and taught art classes in elementary school for two years and High school for six and one half years. Diane resigned from teaching 1980  to pursue a professional career in painting. In less than 20 months this talented artist received her SWA Signature Award for her watercolor paintings. In two years her paintings had been received and merited in nine national watercolor exhibitions. ​​Diane has been invited to be an instructor in workshops and critiques and has been called upon to jury several art shows in central California . Stavrum watercolor paintings are uniquely living, and the longer you have them the more you become attached to them as friends. As some collectors have related the above statement they also have recognized Diane gifted ability in creating compositions of movement and a kind of intangible depth in her work, along with exceptional draftsmanship. This gives her paintings a quality of expression that is captures and uplifts the viewer.

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