Diane reader Dorn received her Bachelor of Fine Art, Summa Cum laude, in painting and ceramics from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX. She had the pleasure of touring and studying Art History in Greece. She has taught watercolor and encaustic painting at her studio in Denton, Texas and conducted painting and ceramic workshops. Dorn has juried yearly for Region 10 North and Region 10 South, North Texas Art Education Association’s annual Visual Art Scholastic Event. Last year she was the juror for Fresh Ideas 2015, presented by the Visual Art League of Lewisville, Texas.
Dorn’s work toured with Some Like it Hot, an encaustic exhibition in Houston, Dallas, and Port Arthur, Texas, and was juried into ºDegreesº , an exhibition in Houston. Her work was part of the Global Swarming inaugural exhibit at Texas Discovery Gardens, State Fair of Texas. Dorn exhibited her work at art4mation, a four woman exhibition at The Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, Texas. Dorn’s work was part of Dallas Wax: Fusion, a juried exhibition at the PFamiliy Art Center, Plano, Texas as well as One Foot of Wax juried exhibition at North Lake College Gallery, Irving, Texas. Earlier this year, 2016, Dorn presented her watercolor and encaustic paintings to the South Bend, Mishawaka area during a solo exhibition at Gallery East, Mishawaka, Indiana.
In 2004, Dorn became the Presentations/Gallery Coordinator and Assistant to the Visual Art Director at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp, and Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan. She left Interlochen in 2012, to return to making art, her lifelong passion. She moved to Traverse City for one year to enjoy all that is culturally offered, including Lake Michigan shores and the breathtaking landscapes. Just steps from her log cabin on the shores of Duck Lake, she drew and painted the awesome surroundings. She relocated to Granger, Indiana in 2014. Dorn will be offering Encaustic workshops and Encaustic painting classes at the South Bend Museum of Art!
Diane reader Dorn’s work is in corporate collections including Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, TX. and Texas Women’s University. She designed and painted a wall mural for Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, Plano, TX.
Painting a raw surface of Birch wood from a palette of molten beeswax has captivated Diane reader Dorn’s interest in the ancient art of encaustic painting. Fusing pigments to the surface with heat and manipulating the wax to create soft and velvety surfaces or varying degrees of texture, challenges her creative mind and seasoned skills to bring ideas to reality. Diane’s encaustic work follows three themes: messages that we receive and deliver, abstract compositions, and realism in landscapes.