Dianne Martia is an award-winning mixed media artist who has exhibited internationally. She began painting at the age of 6 after receiving oil paints and an easel as a gift. Throughout her youth she attended art classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art, while also studying classical piano for 12 years.

Dianne graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in Graphic/Fine/Craft Arts from Columbia College Chicago. During that time she studied under Ed Paschke, Phyllis Bramson, Fred Berger, and Vera Berdich. She went on to study medical illustration at the University of Illinois, and earned an M.A.M.S. degree in Biocommunication Art.

Dianne works with oil and cold wax medium, acrylic, and collage; and in 2010 she created a field sculpture on 5 acres of farmland in Oregon, Illinois. For 8 years she facilitated an art studio and media lab for adults with developmental challenges. She currently teaches classes and workshops, and enjoys jurying and judging exhibitions. Her work is in private and corporate collections.

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