Diana DiPrima: Custom Oil Painting Artist & Licensed Art Teacher
Updated: Jun 3, 2021
Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting my blog. For my first blog post, I wanted to tell you a little more about myself and what you can expect to read about in my future blog posts. If there is anything that I don't mention that you would like to know more about, feel free to drop a comment and let me know! Feel free to drop me a comment in general to share your thoughts on anything! So let's get started!
First and foremost, I am Diana, the artist who creates custom oil paintings and owner behind this website and blog! Art has always been something that I have loved, ever since I was young. My grandfather was a magnificent painter, artist and musician, so there is no doubt where my talent and passion stems from. I first discovered my love for art when i was in elementary school. My teachers would constantly tell my parents that I was artistically talented and that they should consider enrolling me in art school. I even went as far as to tell my teacher once that I didn't have to do math and was going to keep drawing, because my mom was a math teacher and would teach me at home. LOL. At least you can say I was dedicated to art! Needless to say, my mom didn't think it was very funny. Anyways! Enrolling me in art school was something my parents never did, so the only time I ever learned about art was when we had art class in school (which was not every day). When I finally got to high school, I loaded myself up with as many art classes as I could take: fine art, pottery, photoshop, etc.
I knew I wanted to go to college for art and continue a career that was all about it. I attended College at Kean University for both Interior Design and Art Education grades K-12. Here, I took art classes such as: Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Print Making, Pottery, Photoshop, Life Drawing, 2D & 3D Design, Drafting, and finally, Oil Painting. I had never oil painted before I got into College. I really fell in love with oil paints when I took this class, but again, it was only a once a week 5 hour class that lasted for about 4 months. That's only what, 16 classes? I ended up graduating from this university and obtained a BFA (Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree) in both Interior Design and Art Education. I took my praxis, passed, and obtained my teaching license for Art Education grades K-12.
From here, I went on to going to makeup school for beauty and special effects makeup. I graduated from there, obtained my certificate and have been a working makeup artist ever since. I've worked for MAC Cosmetics since 2014 and also work on things for films, music videos, photoshoots, special events, etc.
During the time I left school, I fell off track with art. It was not until the pandemic hit that I had so much free time to rediscover how much I truly loved it. I spent every day oil painting falling more in love with it and realizing I wanted to open my own oil painting business and sell my art to all you. I continue to read, learn and practice so that my knowledge and talent can only grow. I aim to one create Plein Air Paintings, which is when you sit outside in the open air and paint what is front you, directly from nature. In future blog posts, I hope to share some of this knowledge and passion with you; You can expect to see blog posts about works I've created, what inspired me to create them and a time lapse video of my process. I will share painting tips and tricks, as well as any books/research that I have read and found incredibly helpful. I want this blog to not only be how I share my process and passion, but a place you can come to learn. If there is anything you would like for me to write a blog about, feel free to drop a comment below. I’d love to know what interest you and what topics/painting tips you would like to read about
I hope you enjoyed reading more about my background and journey into art and oil painting. I encourage you to check out our 'Art Shop' tab to shop all of our available works for purchase. Or if you have somethings special in mind, send us an email at email@example.com to request a custom oil painting. See you next time! Thank you again for stopping by!