Diane Fechenbach
Colorado Artist

Watercolor and Acrylic, Oil, Pastel
303.791.4591
www.LightNShadowStudio.com

I don’t remember a time that I was not drawing or painting. As a little girl, I saw the world as a series of paintings – mixing colors in my mind’s eye and mentally arranging scenery into wonderful compositions. Strangers became imaginary models as I posed them and watched shadows and light
change shape as they moved. Photography enabled me to extend this technique with lenses, filters and film. I work in a number of media, selecting the one which suits the subject best.

Canyon Rocks

Selected Honors and Awards

Best of Show Evergreen Arts Center
First Place (7) Mile High International Exhibition
First Place (3) Lone Tree Art Exhibition
First Place Oil Artists of Colorado
First Place Sierra Pastel Society
First Place Pastel Society of the Southwest
First Place (4) Fall Arts Festival, Glenwood Springs
First Place Sunny Vista
First Place (6 awards) Englewood Camera Club [plus numerous Second place, Third place, Honorable Mention awards]
First Place, Pastel R.L. Foster Gallery
C.W. Love Memorial Award [Founder’s Award] Artists of Colorado Exhibition 2005 thru 2010
Featured Watercolor Top 20 Emerging Artists in the US 20th Anniversary Edition, Fall 2006
Special Recognition Feb. 2002 publication North Light Publishing
Honorable Mention and Finalist Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, Richeson 75, Delta Dental Invitational and Splash 17
Master Signature International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle, Pastel Society of Colorado
Signature Recognition Pastel Society of America,Colorado Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of West Coast and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies
Juried Member Oil Painters of America, Watercolor West, American Impressionists,
Numerous 2nd place, 3rd place, Patron Awards, Merit Awards and Honorable Mentions


Juried Exhibitions (selected listing)

Pastels USA International, California San Diego Watercolor International Exhibition
Pastel Society of America International Juried Exhibition Renaissance in Pastel National exhibition, Connecticut
International Association of Pastel Societies Colorado Art Open - Foothills Art Center
Pastel 100 Lines Into Shapes National Exhibition
Mile High International Exhibition, Colorado Plein Air Artists of Colorado
Arizona Aqueous All Colorado Art Show
Art Splash National, Texas State-wide Fall Arts Festival, Glenwood Springs
Reflections in Pastel National, Arkansas Lone Tree Annual Art Exhibition
National Greeley Art Exhibition Views of the West
Watercolor West, California Colorado Watermedia Exhibit
Western Federation of Art Societies Artists of Colorado
Rockies West National Poudre Plein Air Invitational, Colorado
Richeson 75 International, Wisconsin New Trends Exhibition, Colorado
Emerging Artist’s Invitational - R.L. Foster Gallery All About Watercolor - Fremont Center for the Arts
Pastels on High, Sierra Pastel Society Northeast Pastel National, New York
Texas Pastel Society National Exhibition Art Student’s League Patron’s invitational
Appalachian Pastel Society National Exhibition National Juried Photography Exhibition -
National Pastel Exhibition, Pastel Society of New Mexico BoulderAnnual Regional Photography Exhibition - Louisville
Aqueous Open, Pennsylvania Watercolor West National Exhibit


Other Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibition: St. Andrew Gallery
Solo Exhibition: Views of Colorado and the West 2002- Douglas County Library Foundation
Solo Exhibition: Playing with Light and Shadow, 2004, Douglas County Library Foundation
The Art of Pastel - Vida Ellison Gallery, Denver Public Library
Arapahoe County Scholarship Show, Curtis Arts Center
Mini 100's - Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, Foothills Art Center
Featured Artist - Eagle Bend Wine Tastings and Seminars
Featured Artist - Synergy Spa, Denver
Featured Artist - Sand Dollar Gallery 30th Anniversary Spring Exhibition

Related art and design work

Chair Mile High International exhibition, Pastel Society of Colorado
Co-Chair Annual Watermedia Exhibition, 2004 and 2005 - Colorado Watercolor Society
Co-Chair Annual Fall Show, 2001 - Colorado Watercolor Society
Co-President Pastel Society of Colorado
President Elect Colorado Watercolor Society
Juror and Instructor
Graphic designs and logos, posters, brochures for numerous non-profit organizations
Exhibition design and installation for fundraising events

Education

1999-present Art Student’s League
1998-present Denver Art Museum
1998-present Classes, workshops, seminars with local and national artists, including Stephen Quiller, Doug Dawson, Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Sally Strand, David Drummond, Jean Grastorf, Kim Lordier, Colleen Howe, Tom Lynch, Buffalo Kaplinski, among others
1989-1992 University of Denver, summa cum laude BSBA and MBA; University of Colorado at Denver (Fine Art emphasis)


Collections

Corporate and private collections throughout the United States