Diane grew up in the lake country of northern Illinois surrounded by animals, both wild and domestic. Her passion for the furry and feathered creatures led to a major in ethology (animal behavior) at Purdue University. She was attracted to scratchboard in the late 1970s and taught herself how to use the medium… which led to one-person gallery shows and numerous awards. She started sculpting in the early 1990s, and she and her husband moved to the foothills west of Loveland in 1998 to be closer to the foundries. Diane now has a permanent installation in Loveland’s renowned Benson Sculpture Garden and many pieces in other sculpture gardens, public libraries, and city collections throughout the country. She is a Signature member of the international Society of Animal Artists and a Master Signature member of the American Women Artists.