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Diane Cary-Thomson

About the Artist

Diane Cary-Thomson is an artist whose medium for the past twenty years has been in oils as expressed in her portraits, landscapes and still lifes. Her paintings explore interpersonal relationships and the context within which they are expressed. Her intent is to communicate the divine joy of silent symbiosis between a mother and child, owner and pet, pedestrian and neighborhood; vibrant representations of sacred moments and spaces. Her vision is a celebration of life through color and composition.

Influenced by the Impressionists’ lyrical beauty during her ten years as a certified copyist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., her paintings are a composite of the influence of the French landscapes and portraits as imbibed through the Barbizon painters who surrounded her as she copied their strokes in the National Gallery and studied efforts under the tutelage of nationally renown artists Bonnie Roth-Anderson, John Ebersberger, and Joanette and Cedric Egeli. Her sculpture training has included portrait sculpture and ecroche workshops with the nationally acclaimed sculptor Steve Perkins and an apprenticeship with Pratt Institute MFA. Karl Hollander. She received her B.A. in American Literature from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1977. In 1982, she received her Masters degree in Psychiatric Social work from the Catholic University of America, National School of Social Services, Washington, D.C.

Diane is a member and the Certification Coordinator for the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters and was a founding member of the Drawing and Painting Cooperative at the Maryland Hall For the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Md. She was also a member of Maryland Hall’s Sculpture and Pottery Cooperatives and is a member of the Chesapeake Art League with whom she exhibited in Easton Md. in 2007.

Recent paintings are currently on display at the Main Street Gallery in Annapolis ,Md. and at the Artists-At- Work Gallery in Stevensville, Md.. She currently paints at her residence in Severna Park, Md.


Portraiture with Bonnie Roth-Anderson, Artist-In-Residence,
Maryland Hall Center For The Creative Arts, Annapolis, Md.
1988 – 2008

Oil Portrait Workshops with Cedric and Joanette Egeli
Fiddler’s Hill, Edgewater, Md., Palm Beach, Fla. Provincetown, Mass.
1991 – 2008

Portrait Sculpture And Ecroche Workshops with Steve Perkins
Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts, Annapolis, Md.
and at Henry Hensche’s Studio In Gray, Louisiana
1991 – 2001

Portraiture, Still Life and Landscape With John Ebersberger
Md. Hall For The Creative Arts, Annapolis, Md.
Vimoutiers, France

Catholic University of America,
National School of Social Services,
Washington, D.C.
MSW Degree 1982

Apprenticeship with Sculptor Karl Hollander,
An MFA Graduate Of Pratt Institute,
School Of Art And Design, NYC

George Washington University,
Washington, D.C.
B.A., American Literature,


Mitchell Gallery,
St. John’s College,
Annapolis, Md.

Society of Portrait Painters
Anne Arundel Center
Annapolis, Md.
Maryland Society of Portrait Painters

Baltimore Life
Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland Society Ofportrait Painters

Anne Arundel Center,
Annapolis, Maryland
Md. Society Of Portrait Painters
1993, 1994 And 1995

Annapolis Potter’s Guild ,
Md. Federation Of Art Gallery,
Annapolis, Md. 1990

Gatehouse Gallery
Mount Vernon College,
Washington, D.C.
One Woman Multi-Media Show

Rotunda Gallery
The Pan American Organization
Washington, D.C. 1982
One Woman Scultpure Exhibit


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