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Art Show by Diane Farr

September 30, 2019 - January 3, 2020

Join us to experience Diane Farr’s art work at Western Reserve Land Conservancy! Named one of “21 over 31: Up and Coming Artists of Note” by Southwest Art Magazine, Diane has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and with noted artists including David Leffel, Sally Strand, and Michael Workman. Born in Connecticut, she is a graduate of Duke University, with years spent in the corporate world before turning her attentions to her family and to art. She recently graduated with an MA in Fine Arts from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.

Diane is a juried associate member of Oil Painters of America, Allied Artists of America, the American Society of Portrait Artists, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, American Women Artists, and the National Association of Women Artists; and is past Treasurer and Board Member of Ohio Plein Air Society. She has shown extensively on the local and national levels. Gallery representation includes Hudson Fine Art, Hudson, OH and previously Deb Nicholl & Company in Chagrin Falls, OH. Her portraits and paintings can be seen in many private and corporate collections; in juried shows across the country; and on her website at

Artist’s Statement:
“My landscapes are interpretations of what I see and feel, and as such are as much about mood, memory, and design as they are about the specific details of a particular place.

While my sensibilities continue to evolve, there are certain themes that I am repeatedly drawn to: the expansive, limitless feel of distant views; the many moods evoked by the sky, atmosphere, and water; and the playful, intriguing patterns of light, shadow, and shapes. My style combines elements of the old masters, tonalism, and impressionism, with a newfound interest in abstraction and the simplification of the landscape down to its most essential elements, that of color, atmosphere, and the role of vertical and horizontal lines.

My approach is to first create compositions that are simplified and uncluttered, starting with thoughtful planning and the exploration of ideas such as dynamic symmetry and golden section proportions. From here my technique varies a bit depending on the idea and desired effect. I apply paint in either a painterly or more controlled manner, oftentimes utilizing layers of glazes to magnify or adjust colors, and sometimes scrubbing, wiping or scratching away paint to reveal the ground color below. My goal is to create visual imagery that is beautiful or uniquely expressive of a mood or emotion— sometimes dramatic and direct, sometimes subtle or somewhat ambiguous.

This approach to painting keeps me connected in a positive way to the physical world and also to the world of memories, experiences and feelings. And a painting, by capturing an image or idea, provides a way for others to also reflect and explore, contemplate and appreciate, that which is around us.

Nature and solitude both feed my creativity. I am inspired by color, atmosphere and light, and work to express the feeling, if not the specifics, of a time and place in my paintings.

I am a long time supporter of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and value the work it does in terms of preservations, ecology, and sustainability. Beauty, and the preservation of beauty, also plays an important role, and is where I can become involved specifically as an artist. Contemplating and capturing the beauty of nature in art helps spread awareness and appreciation of our natural world. It also reminds us of the importance of preserving what we have—and the importance of taking the time to seek out and connect with the restorative and inspiring lands in our midst.”

Diane Farr’s work will be on display at Western Reserve Land Conservancy from September 30, 2019 until January 3, 2020. The Land Conservancy’s Conservation Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 5 PM.


Please join us for a reception with the artist on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 5 – 7 PM. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres provided. Casual attire.


September 30, 2019
January 3
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Madison Shaheen


Western Reserve Land Conservancy Conservation Center
3850 Chagrin River Road
Moreland Hills, OH 44022 United States
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