About the Artist:
Diane Marie Kramer, first generation American, Born in Detroit, Michigan.
Sculptor and Painter.
After High School I relocated and moved to Northern California where I began a long journey studying the Visual Fine Arts.
Working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sacramento, CA I studied with many of the "California Funk Artists”
Following the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, I was accepted to study in Sacramento, and received a Master of Art, concentrating on painting and Clay sculpture. During this study I studied with Oliver Lee Jackson, painter, and was exposed to other well known sculptors and painters work, such as Manuel Neri, Joan Brown, Wayne Thiebaud, and Roy De Forest…to name a few. Having the ability to see their work or to study with them was a true blessing.
In 1989 I was selected to the Master of Fine Arts program in San Francisco and studied with Steven Destabler, a world known sculptor, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture.
I specialize in mixed media sculpture and abstract assemblages using clay, metals, wood and found objects. This time period was a very experimental phase within my own work.
After completing her Master of Fine Arts degree I decided to move from the city and relocate in the middle of a cherry and walnut orchard where I lived and worked as an artist. I began to teach many forms of visual art at art centers and special art programs and later on worked full time at a day school that used the arts for Behavioral Modification.
I served as the visual artist/instructor on board and worked with people who were cognitively, physically, emotionally, and behaviorally impaired.
I Returned to Michigan in 1997 and has taught at a variety of Art Centers, Colleges, after school programs, and serve as a teaching artist with VSA arts of Michigan.
I continue to teach residencies that are inclusive in population.
Teaching related experiences:
I began my teaching career while I was still an undergraduate student at California State University, Sacramento. Since then, I have taught in the arts, and have shown my work in areas such as:
San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton, St. Louis, Hungary, Ireland, Germany, and now Michigan.
Intuition based painter and sculptor.
“All of my work is conceived from within. Just as nature shapes through time its landscapes, I too have been shaped by my past experiences. I try to discern “the essence of things”. Intuition and dream states are channels through which I arrive at the form and content of my work. I am able to focus beyond the immediate visual reality and allow myself to enter a dream state. I am then able to cultivate my images, feelings and forms which connect me to the unconscious world where my images are developed. My work conveys the passage of time and inner worlds
Reflecting who I am as an artist and individual”.
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