Third Place Award of Excellence
The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild
2021 Online International Summer Exhibition
July 8, 2021 through August 8, 2021
JUROR: Anita Feldman, Deputy Director for
Congratulations to our
Award of Excellence Winner
Diana L. Benet
Diana was awarded third place for her oil on canvas
Born in central China, Diana grew up in Taiwan. She is the youngest of four children. Both her parents were artists, her father being an internationally known watercolorist. From her earliest days they provided her with a keen appreciation of art.
Diana holds a BA (with honors) from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She majored in illustration and design. She had a long and rewarding career as a product designer in gifts, toys, serve ware and home décor fields as well as an illustrator, but painting has always intrigued her.
Now that she is retired from commercial work, she paints all the time and loves it. She is exploring different methods, materials, styles as well as subject matters. She mainly paints with oil, either on canvas, linen, panel or marble dust gesso panel. Egg tempera painting is something new for her. She finds the materials and method different, interesting, and the result unique.
Diana also enjoys drawing. Drawing with charcoal reminds her of writing Chinese calligraphy. Drawing works well with negative and positive spaces in a composition.
A few of her recent important juried exhibitions include:
2020 The de Young Open Exhibit, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2019 Winter Solstice/Winter National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of
Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
2019 Language and Letters Exhibition, San Francisco Women Artists, San Francisco
About Heritage Moves:
There is nothing more Chinese than getting together to play mahjong. The tile game is what we all like to socialize and to have fun with besides being intellectually stimulated. I have fond memories of many occasions, especially around the Chinese New Year, of a table or two which would be set up in cozy rooms.
I have been painting subject matters that involved hands introducing my Chinese culture, such as hands playing a Chinese chess game, playing Guzheng (Chinese plucked zither), making Chinese dumplings. A hand holding a traditional brush writing Chinese calligraphy with ink is in the works.