Diane Hoeptner's paintings feature poetic arrangements of flowers, fruit and sometimes her cats, Coco and Layla. Lush painterly transitions from light to shadow reveal solid forms that have an almost tactile appeal.
She grew up in rural NE Ohio. While majoring in graphic design at Kent State University she discovered that she was a failure at methods like press type and the use of an exacto blade. Subsequently a case of wanderlust coupled with a desire for sunshine and big city opportunities lead her to Los Angeles for what would be a 17 year stay. She finished a BA in Studio Art at California State University , Northridge. Upon graduation she enjoyed many years as an animator for video games and films. Her first year of fulltime painting resulted in numerous regional awards. Public collections that showcase Diane's paintings include Kohl's corporate offices, Obaji headquarters and the Cardinal Woods Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Ohio.
Statement: Since I started adding cats (and sparrow! and patterns!) to my paintings, I fear my artist statement regarding florals falls a little short, you can see that below. I will post a refreshed artist statement once I've collected my thoughts on work to date.
"I am passionate about painting the floral still life. There is comfort associated with this subject... Painted flowers have an intimate and universal appeal. I never stop feeling dazzled by the infinite variety of outcomes that can be achieved within the framework of still life painting. Purely visual components like opposites on the color wheel or the passage of dark to light are easy springboards for my compositions. Achieving a feeling of balance, abundance and harmony in my paintings is very important to me. Flowers have an ethereal beauty that both reassures and revitalizes one's spirit. As long as flowers spring from the earth and decorate our tabletops things can't be all bad, right? Painting them is my way of feeling that sentiment and passing it on. I admit to being influenced by the latest trends in interior design and fashion-- My secret inner design junkie must be constantly fed as well as challenged. As I add more "props" like toys, figurines and fruit to my paintings the quotient for meaning and delight rises." …Diane Hoeptner, June, 2011