Diane G. Kell was born in May 1950, in East Lansing, Michigan, and lived as a child in Niles and St. Joseph, Michigan, then Atlanta and Tampa. She graduated from high school in Florida and entered Brown University in 1968. In 1972 she received her bachelor’s in Art History from Brown and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she “stumbled” onto a career in social research.
After 24 years, Ms. Kell left her first career and began traveling with her husband on his work assignments in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil.
From 1996 to 2001, while traveling, she developed herself as a watercolor artist and her work was included in a number of juried watercolor competitions.
In 2001, Ms. Kell and her husband moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she began a ten-year career as a gallery administrator and marketing coordinator. During this time, her first husband died, and she met and married her second husband. With him, she became a foster parent. Working full-time and caring for children in state custody, she had little time for painting.
In 2013, she began painting again, nearly full-time, and changed her medium to acrylic on canvas. After years of enjoying and photographing the skies of New Mexico, she began focusing her paintings on skyscapes. All of her current work is acrylic on canvas, created in the studio and based on her own photographic references.
Ms. Kell is inspired by early modern landscape painters such as Thomas Moran and contemporary artists whose work she promoted for galleries. Chief among the latter are Bernard Chaet, Darren Vigil Gray, Woody Gwyn, Daniel Morper, Forrest Moses, and Sam Scott.