"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