Diane Kent was born and raised in Illinois. She received her first formal art education at the American Academy of art in Chicago. Later, married, raising a son and working in the accounting field, she continued her art education at Grayslake College. Since moving to the Phoenix area in 1988, Kent has been pursuing an art career on a full time basis. Newer studies have included attending Glendale Community College where she completed classes in drawing and painting. Additional continuing art education was studying under nationally known artists such as Gerald Brommer, Maxine Masterfield, Pat Dews and Irving Shapiro.
Kent's work has been included in numerous Arizona and national exhibitions and has received many awards, including Best of Show and Best in Watercolor. Other honors include Signature Memberships in the National Watercolor Society, NWS, Watercolor West, WW, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, WFWS, and Arizona Watercolor Association, AWA.
She has shown and sold her paintings in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sedona and Chandler, Arizona Many collectors in the Southwest own her original creations.
Kent enjoys teaching and is available for instruction in basic watercolor, collage and abstract design.
DIANE KENT RESUME
Studied commercial and fine at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
Painting studies at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL 1976 to 1978
Painting and drawing, Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ 1990 to 1993
Studied under many nationally known artists. Among the many: Irving Shapiro, Barbara
Nechis, Maxine Masterfield and Gerald Brommer
JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Arizona Watercolor Association National Exhibition
ASU West Campus Library, Glendale, AZ - 2011
Glendale Center, Glendale, AZ - 2008
Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ - 2005
West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ - 2003
Watercolor West National Exhibition - 1997, 1995, 1993, Riverside Art Museum,
San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, San Diego, CA - 1996
League for Innovation National Art Competition - 1993 - Certificate of National
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
Colorado Arts Center, Arvada, CO - 2016
The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM - 2011
Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX - 2004
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ - 1997
West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ - 1994
The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM - 1992
Glendale Arts Council Annual Exhibition, Glendale, AZ - 2003, Purchase Award
Glendale Arts Council Annual Exhibition, Glendale, AZ - 2002 - Purchase Award
Louisiana Watercolor Society Exhibition, Neville Public Museum, 1998, 1999
Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix, AZ - 2009, 1993
West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ - 1996
WATERWORKS ARTISTS EXHIBITIONS
Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ - March 24 - May 20, 2017 - "Fragments"
Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler, AZ - 2015 - "Abstraction to Realism, Realism to Abstraction"
Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler, AZ - 2013 - "Really Abstract or Abstractly Real?"
Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ - 2010 - "Realism and Abstraction"
Chandler Historical Museum, Chandler, AZ - 2008 - "Waterworks Paints the Southwest"
Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ - June - August, 2005 - "Realism to Abstraction - Abstraction to Realism"
Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ - February - March, 2005 - "Passion, Paint and Process"
Mill Atelier Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - July - August, 2003 - "Waterworks Artists of Arizona Group Show"
Arizona Watercolor Association President - 2014 - 2015
Arizona Watercolor Association Signature Membership - 2011
Show Chairperson - Arizona Watercolor Association National Exhibition - 2005
Western Federation of Watercolor Signature Membership - 2004
Arizona Artist Guild President - 1996 to 1998
Watercolor West Signature Membership - 1997
National Watercolor Society Signature Membership - 1994
Gallery Nineteen Director - 1994 to 1996
League for Innovation in the Community College - 1993
Arizona Watercolor Association Celebrating 40 Years of Watermedia Fine Arts - 2001
San Tan News - "Waterworks Paints the Southwest" - 2008
Quintessence Fine Art Gallery, Chandler, AZ - 2001 to 2003
Impressions Gallery, Sedona, AZ - 1999 to 2001