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Dianna Simms

Search terms: Painting, watercolour, acrylic, landscape, wildlife, still life, abstract, realism

Artist's Statement

"I have been a member of Allied Artists of West Virginia, Inc. for ten years, and served as president for two of those years. After studying art at West Virginia State college, I began entering regional competitions and have been accepted into many throughout the years, including the West Virginia Cultural Center, the Huntington Museum, Ashland Area Art Galley, French Art Colony (in Ohio), West Virginia Watercolor Society, Three Rivers (in Pittsburgh) and the Dairy Barn (in Ohio), just to mention a few. My awards include many first and second place prizes at the Rhododendron Art show (an annual event in Charleston, West Virginia), the Mound Show (another annual event) and several honorable mentions at the French Art Colony and the Ashland Area Art Colony."

"My work is represented through Tamarack, West Virginia's premier outlet for local artists and crafts persons in Beckly, West Virginia and I've been featured in several exhibits there during the past two years."

"In 1998, I participated in a two-person show at the French Art Colony. For the past few years, I have forgone entering competitions to work on a complete body of work, which I hope to exhibit when I retire in a few years but I do have my work featured in two different stores within West Virginia. They are ProArt, in Charleston and the Hermitage Inn in Petersburg. I work in both watercolor and acrylic and think of myself as a colorist. My style is up close and personal with any subject I paint. Lately I've also been experimenting with clay and hope to be able to feature those pieces in the future."

"I am also a published writer and a member of the West Virginia Writers and had my first novel published in 1998. Since then most of my published works are more in the line as stories, essays and articles in regional magazines."
Dianna Simms

8 X 10 in

48 X 42 in

48 X 48 in

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