"Diana is a master of passionate, evocative color, texture and mood!"

"This painting reminds me of one the best vacations I had in Italy when I was young, naive and in love. It represents for me everything that youth does: the freedom of expression, spontaneity, naiveté, delicate awkwardness and colorful emotionality."


Loving this painting because the color scheme reminds me of a pine forest in the hot summer days and fits perfectly into our dining room and in the whole idea of our house that is surrounded by lots of beautiful trees."

"Despite being an oil painting, it has a light and airy quality to it, it doesn't overwhelm you".



You want to have deep connections in this world, and honest conversations about what is important. You want to truly remember what it felt like to experience the lonely beaches of medieval France, or to stand next to the proud tall pines of Cape Cod, or explore the dancing jagged coast of California. You want to exhale, to dissolve into this world, to feel that this life if worth living if there's such beauty around you!

.Join Me on my quest to truly feel this world, to truly melt into it.


My life took me on many journeys. I left Kishinev together with my family at the age of thirteen. It was a very hard transition for me. Finding art as solace truly changed my outlook on the world around me. Painting got me accepted into an Ivy League institution. The world of art stayed with me when I took a detour to manage an art gallery chain. It took me quite a few years to realize that art sales pushes one away from artmaking.

After my second child, I started another business, a teaching art studio, The Plein-Air Art Academy. Soon after I had my third child, it received a Best of Boston award, and is going strong. Artmaking still keeps me balanced in this life, and is becoming a larger and larger focus. I write a lot about the process as well as about the effect that it has on my life and my psyche. My writing resonates with people from all different walks of life.

I paint multilayered landscapes in oil and cold wax, which I partially melt with a heating lamp to dissolve different objects on canvas into one another. The drips are my signature element: the dark ones are emotional strokes that create grids within a painting. The lighter ones are semitransparent and partially show or hide the layers of paint beneath them. My goal is to demonstrate that we're all part of something bigger than all of us and it's incredibly rewarding to dissolve into our surroundings.

My technique is a dance between watercolor and oil techniques. I begin with a watercolor done en plein-air. I subsequently translate the drawing to canvas in the same expressive manner adopted for the initial watercolor. Employing an impasto technique of oils mixed with cold wax, I'm able to better catch the expressive nature of the original sketch. The last and most rewarding part of the process is the melting of wax. It comes as a 4th or 5th layer of the painting. It requires patience, has an element of surprise, yet can be controlled, and it connects various sections of the canvas. Because it's a textured layer on top of other layers, it breaks down lines between subjects, and literally melts one state into another. It also creates mini compositions within a painting, so that your eye always wanders around the canvas and catches new nuances hidden within the layers.