Artist Diana Stauffer

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Diana Stauffer rekindled her passion for art in 2005 following a career in journalism and corporate communications. She turned to  soft pastel because of the medium's luminosity and extensive, even exuberant color palette. Since late 2009, Diana has worked almost exclusively in oil. Most recently, Diana has been drawn to skyscapes.

The romanticized and monumental works of 19th century artist Albert Bierstadt made Diana dream of living in the American West. But, Thomas Moran's iconic views of Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks and his ability to so simply and completely capture that sense of place compelled her to move from New England to the Rocky Mountain West in 1972. Except for a brief professional assignment to Arizona, Diana has made her home in New Mexico.
Among the contemporary landscape painters admired by and influencing Diana are fellow Westerners Clyde Aspevig,  Bill Gallen, and Dave Santillanes. Diana has studied individually or in a workshop setting with a variety of contemporary landscape artists. They include: Dave Ballew, Tom Blazier, Jill Carver, Lorenzo Chavez, Doug Dawson, Bill Gallen, Michael Lynch,  Julian Merrow-Smith,  Richard McKinley, Kim Lordier, Deborah Paris, Dave Santillanes, and Anita Louise West.
She has exhibited in group shows and juried events in New Mexico: In Albuquerque at The South Broadway Cultural Center, The Albuquerque Arts Alliance, The Harwood Arts Center,  Sumner & Dene Gallery, the New Mexico Art League, the Fine Arts Gallery, African American Performing Arts Center and the Hispanic Arts Center at EXPO New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center; in Taos, New Mexico at the Millicent Rogers Museum and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art; in Madrid, New Mexico at Johnsons of Madrid gallery; in Socorro, New Mexico at Curious Crow Gallery;  The Ruidoso Regional Arts Council in Ruidoso, New Mexico;  and private venues.

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