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Diane Schmidt, who paints both abstract and realistic watercolors, is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor Honor Society, and thirteen additional Watercolor Societies.
Her father’s love of archaeology influenced her quest for seeking what lies beneath the surface at a very early age. Each of her abstract watercolors is an exploration of just how many different layers of design and complexity can be exposed successfully.

“All of my work is based on my love of pure design, and my background as an illustrator compels me to find story, form, and emotion in every painting I do,” she says.
Raised in Arizona and educated at schools, including the University of Arizona and Ringling College of Art and Design, she now makes her permanent home in Sarasota.