Diane Hutchinson

Diane Hutchinson

“Light infuses a painting with life. It can define a shape, create a mood, and even awaken a feeling of hope. It is always the quality of light in a scene that inspires me to capture it on canvas.”

Artist’s Biography

Painting, drawing and the study of form and design are my passions! A native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, I now reside on a farm outside of Emmaus, PA where I teach a small class in painting. I serve as President of The Bethlehem Palette Club and am a member of the Lehigh Art Alliance.

Education: Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa., BS in Education 1973
Private Art Lessons: Douglas Wiltraut, Whitehall, Pa. 2009 – present
Raymond DiJohn, Chadds Ford, Pa. 1977-1980
Muriel Griffith, Bethlehem, Pa. 1963-1966
Awards: UCDA (University and College Designers Association)
CASE (Council for the Advancement of Education)
The Bethlehem Palette Club & The Lehigh Art Alliance
Employment: Cellar Studio, Emmaus, Pa., Owner 1977 – present
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., Graphic Designer 1979-1987
Levitz Furniture Corp., King of Prussia, Pa., Mechanical Artist 1973-1979
Hobbies: Colonial rug-hooking, writing, needle-felting


ARTIST’S Statement

A visual exploration of light as seen through the eyes of artist, Diane Hutchinson

Light infuses a painting with life. It can define a shape, create a mood, and even awaken a feeling of hope. It is always the quality of light in a scene that inspires me to capture it on canvas. Inspiration can arise anywhere and often when I least expect it. Whether it comes in the form of an interesting face, an old barn, or sunlight dancing through a window pane, I am always aware and ready to make a note of it. Sometimes these notes are sketched, sometimes photographed and sometimes kept in my mind’s eye.

My artistic journey began in kindergarten. Formal art training started in 7th grade with Muriel Griffith of Bethlehem, PA. I studied watercolor painting with Ray DiJohn of Chadds Ford, PA. and in 2009 began private study with Douglas Wiltraut of Whitehall, PA. I graduated from Kutztown University in 1973 with a degree in Education. Rather than pursue my love of art through painting, I chose to work in the graphic design field; first as a mechanical artist for Levitz Furniture Corporation and then as a graphic designer in the Publications Department of Lehigh University. Full-time painting began in 2006. I am a member of the Lehigh Art Alliance, Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, and President and Board Member of The Bethlehem Palette Club. My work has been shown in several exhibits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Diane’s collection will be on display at Lehigh Valley Arts Council (840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201, Allentown) until the end of June. Our hours of operation are 9am to 5pm. Free visitor parking is available behind the Butz Corporate Center, off 9th Street, behind Billy’s Diner.