Diane Hoeptner grew up in rural Ohio. When she majored in graphic design at Kent State University (Kent Campus) during the 80's, handy use of an exacto blade and press type were crucial requirements. Try as she did, she discovered she was not a good fit for the program. Sunshine and big city opportunities then lured her to Los Angeles for what would be a 17 year stay.
She finished a degree in Studio Arts at CAL State Northridge and enjoyed many years as an animator for video games and films before taking up painting full time.
Her first year of fulltime painting resulted in numerous regional awards. Public collections that showcase Diane's paintings include Kohl's corporate offices and Obaji headquarters. Saks Fifth Ave offered hand signed limited edition giclees of one of her water lily paintings. Modern Cat Magazine featured her cat paintings in the premier issue. Her art can be found on greeting cards by American Greetings and Current, INC. She recently signed an exclusive contract with publisher Wild Apple Graphics. She moved back home to Ohio in 2004 and resides with her husband and a cat named Coco.
"I’m torn between painting floral still life and cats. There is comfort associated with both. I never stop feeling dazzled and inspired by the variety of outcomes that can be achieved within the framework of 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 reassures and revitalizes 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 doesn’t reduce them to sentiment and cliché is important to me. My inner design junkie must be constantly fed as well as challenged, as long as flowers spring from the earth and cats frolic, I indulge. Life is good and hopefully my paintings communicate that sentiment in a way the viewer can feel." --Diane Hoeptner, January, 2014