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Bio

Diane Hoeptner grew up in rural Ohio.  She moved to L.A. in the 80's and stayed for 17 years.  During that time, she completed a BA in Studio Arts at Cal State Northridge and enjoyed work as an animator for video games and film.  She is best known for her cat paintings which have been featured in Modern Cat Magazine, The Artistís Magazine, Southwest Art and International Artist.  Her floral art has been distributed as posters and cards by Wild Apple Graphics, American Greetings and Current INC. Diane currently resides Kirtland, Ohio with her husband and muse-extraordinaire, Coco the cat.

Statement

"There's so much beauty in the world. As an artist, I feel it when I paint floral still life and cats... There is comfort associated with both. I am dazzled by the variety of outcomes that can be achieved within still life painting. Visual components like opposites on the color wheel or the passage of dark to light are springboards for my compositions. Flowers have an ethereal beauty that both reassure and revitalize one's spirit. 

I see ethereal beauty in cats too, but cats bring personality and movement. I discovered this when I started painting my own cats who are perfect embodiments of sweetness and snark. They are enigmatic little beasts, the kind who never smile. Portraying cats in a way that doesnít reduce them to sentiment is important to me. I am influenced by what I call my "inner design junky" which requires constant feeding... As long as flowers spring from the earth and cats frolic, I indulge. Life is good and I hope my paintings communicate that sentiment in a way the viewer can feel." --Diane Hoeptner

 

Coco as "The Dipolomat," Oil on wood, 8" x 8," Private Collection

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