I grew up on a farm in Ohio, and that experience gave me a love of nature and the seasons and a deep belief in personal independence, as well as a love of experimentation. These have been the foundations of my work as a painter. I believe that learning in art or any subject is lifelong, and that the most important lessons we learn are through our personal interests and experimentation. After my husband’s death in 2018, I visited Israel the next year, and was inspired by the amazing landscape colors, and especially the old city of Jerusalem, with its crumbling walls, and its deep religious importance. I found my way out of grief by painting the Eight Gates of the old city.
Diane Voyentzie has been providing paintings in different styles and mediums including large scale trompe’loeil murals, commissioned paintings and classically painted furniture to designers, architects, and private clients since 1980. Her work has been on the cover of Architectural Digest, and is in public places and residences throughout the country. One of her projects, “The Monkey Bar,” is considered one of the most famous murals in New York City. It is located in the Hotel Elysee and is featured in the book, Murals of New York, by Glenn Palmer-Smith. Another large Art Deco mural is in the Wellington Hotel on 7th Ave. NYC. She has also been involved with Art Therapy and Art for the Blind. She studied painting at the University of Florida, and furniture painting at the Isabel O’Neil Studio in New York City, and with Scott Christensen, Hiram Williams, Ian Cairnie, and others. She has taught at The O’Neil Studio, NYC, The Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York City, and the Brookfield Craft Center in CT. She lives in Brookfield, CT. and Gainesville, FL.