Even as a child, I took much pleasure in drawing and painting people and landscapes, and as I matured I realized how important creating art was for me a process of centering and finding a place of joy.


During her 34 years as a physician with a busy medical practice, Diana Dee found time to paint portraits and landscapes of the people and places she encountered doing volunteer medicine in third world countries. She wanted to share these wonderful experiences with her patients back home. This was her beginning in a life of art.

She remained a self-taught artist until 2005, when she decided to obtain an art education. This began by studying oil painting at Woodstock School of Art with Hongnian Zhang, and figure oil painting with Nelson Shanks, Anthony Ryder, and Warren Chang. Also, she trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She will receive an MFA in figure painting at the Academy of Art University in 2014. While at AAU, she has continued to study pastel landscape painting with Gil Dellinger, Susan Olgilvie, and Clark Mitchell.
She grew up in Wichita, Kansas. Though her education was strongly oriented towards the sciences, she always maintained interest in creative outlets as painting, playing violin in the symphony, and competitive ballroom dancing.

This versatile artist, who works in various mediums, enjoys painting landscapes, which include people and animals. She has done plein air painting in several countries. The Art Market Gallery and the Arts and Culture Alliance in Knoxville, TN and the Olde Concord Gallery in Concord, TN represent her pastels, oil paintings, and watercolors.

Art Education


2014 MFA Figure Painting, Academy of Art Unversity, San Francisco, CA
2009 Certificate of Completion, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philedelphia, PA


2011 Figure Painting with Juliette Aristides, BACCA, Foster City, CA
2008 Figure Painting with Hongnian Zhang, Woodstock School of Art,Woodstock, NY
2008 Figure Painting & Drawing with Anthony Ryder, Santa Fe, NM
2007 Figure Oil Painting Intensive with Nelson Shanks, Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, PA


2014 American Academy Equine Art Juried Exhibition, Georgetown, KY
2014 Featured Artist Exhibition at the Art Market Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2014 Arts & Cultural Alliance National Juried Exhibition for 2014, Knoxville, TN
2014 Juried Exhibition for Art Cultural Exchange, Art Depot, Abingdon, VA
2014 Juried Exhibition for the Mayors Office, Knoxville, TN
2014 Juried Exhibition for a Featured Artist, Art Gallery of TVUUC, Knoxville, TN
2013 Arts & Culture Members Exhibition, Knoxville, TN
2012 Academy of Art University Student Show, Cannery Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 Academy of Art University Student Show, Corciano, Italy
2011 Solo Exhibition at Club Le Conte associated with a lecture on my experience of plein air painting in Italy, Knoxville, TN
2010 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Student Juried Exhibition, Museum of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Black Mountain Juried Miniature Art Exhibition, Black Mountain, NC

Girl with Grazing Horse 
2013 Oil on linen, 24" x 18"





Woman's Portrait 
2009 Oil on Canvas, 24" x 18"