Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: oil on wood
Diane Hoeptner grew up in rural Ohio. When she majored in graphic design at Kent State University (Kent Campus) during the 80's, handy use of an exacto blade and press type were crucial requirements. Try as she did, she discovered she was not a good fit for the program. Sunshine and big city opportunities then lured her to Los Angeles for what would be a 17 year stay. She finished a degree in Studio Arts at CAL State Northridge and enjoyed many years as an animator for video games and films before taking up painting full time.
"I see ethereal beauty in cats, as well as personality and movement. I discovered this when I started painting my own cats who are perfect embodiments of sweetness and snark. They are enigmatic little beasts, the kind who never smile. Portraying cats in a way that doesn’t reduce them to sentiment and cliché is important to me. My inner design junkie must be constantly fed as well as challenged, as long as flowers spring from the earth and cats frolic, I indulge. Life is good and hopefully my paintings communicate that sentiment in a way the viewer can feel."