Location: Arvada, Colorado, United States
Diane Esther Halley, Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in watercolor painting.
Ms. Halley spent the early stages of her career as a primary school educator, teaching fourth grade students in Seymour and New Albany, IN, from 1961 to 1964. Relocating to Colorado, she worked an additional four years as a fourth grade teacher in Westminster until 1968. While she was teaching, Ms. Halley enjoyed painting for fun; however, she did not sculpt it into a full-fledged career until 1979, when she became a full-time portrait artist.
Desiring to show the individuality of each human figure in her paintings, Ms. Halley believes that everyone is unique regardless of race, sex, or age. To encapsulate the essence of each person, she draws upon the intricacies in their expressions, ranging from their style of dress to their posture. Painting what she calls a “frozen moment in time,” she hopes to draw observers in for a closer look.
Ms. Halley has been exhibited in a myriad of solo shows beginning in 1983 when her work was showcased at the Denver National Bank. She has since displayed her paintings at the Denver Art Museum, the Watercolor Art Society, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Winston Churchill Memorial Library, and Texas A&M University. A signature member of the Missouri Watercolor Society, she has been recognized several times for her achievements, including with a Board of Directors Award from the Winston Churchill Memorial Library and Best in Show Award from the Colorado Watercolor Society 50th Annual Exhibition in 2004. The recipient of the Award of Distinction from the Missouri National Watercolor Exhibition in 2003, she was also honored with the American Artist Cash Award from the Kansas Watercolor Society in 1999, the Grumbacher Award from Pikes Peak Watercolor Society in 1995, and the Founder’s Award in 1992.
Highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women, Ms. Halley was most recently presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys studying the Bible, playing bridge, and gardening.
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