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Diane May

Diane May is a nationally recognized painter of plein air landscape. Her preference to paint from life continues in the studio where she both references her work painted out of doors to create larger paintings and explores the constructed reality of the still life. She paints with a representational impressionist sensibility and in her words: "celebrates what she finds good and right in the world." A Nashville resident, she divides her time between the beauty of Tennessee, the coastal New England and Nova Scotia of her childhood, and a variety of locales throughout North America and Europe. She has been be a featured artist and invited to paint at events such as: California’s Sonoma Plein Air Festival; the prestigious Easton Plein Air on Maryland’s Delmar Penninsula; and the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational in Apalachicola, Florida. Both her plein air work and the studio landscape paintings they inspire, have been exhibited at such venues as the Academy Museum in Maryland, the Huntsville Museum in Georgia, The Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania, and the Vermont Center for the Arts, as well as at galleries in Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, and Georgia. A believer in artistic community, she is the immediate past president of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, and maintains active membership in a variety of organizations including: American Women Artists, the American Impressionist Society, Women Painters of the Southeast, and the Oil Painters of America.

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