Diane Ditzler Frossard

Artist Statement 

I am interested in the effects of light more than a specific subject. I strive to go beyond documentation and create poetry where mood takes precedence.   Whenever possible I work from life to observe the true color harmony, value relationships and atmosphere in natural light that gets lost in a photo reference. Whether intended as the finished piece or as a study for a larger work, plein air is like practicing musical scales and the end result is deeper insight and a little gem that captures a unique moment in time.  I love the immediacy and color vibration of a life sketch that is often compromised as we slow down in the studio.

My father, an avid horseman, introduced me to horses at a very early age. They have always been a part of my life and a recurring subject. Many of my landscape paintings are plein air pieces of my ranch in Tyler, Texas where I live with my husband, two daughters and seven horses.


Outdoor Painters Society - Signature member

Selected Past Exhibitions & Events:

Museum Exhibition- "Reflections of East Texas" - July 26-September 27, 2015, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas

Bridge column design & execution for “Pillars of Hope” mural project under the Gentry bridge in Tyler, Texas -2015

Plein Air Southwest Salon 2015, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas - Gamblin Honorable Mention

Book cover design & illustrations for magical realism novel, The Artemis Connection by David DiPaolo - 2014

Plein Air Southwest Salon 2014, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas - Gamblin Award of Merit

Gallery Main Street - "H2O" 2013, Best in Show

Plein Air Southwest Salon 2012, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas - Vasari Award of Excellence

Gallery Main Street - "Graphic Impulse" 2012, Tyler - Best in Show

Plein Air Southwest 2010-11, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Gallery Main Street - "The Lay of the Land:  Landscapes, Cityscapes & Waterscapes" 2010, Tyler - Best in Show

Featured on Joan Hallmark's Proud of East Texas (KLTV, KTRE) Aired May 2009

Plein Air Southwest 2009, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas - Raymar Award

Plein Air Texas 2008, 2007, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Outdoor Painters Society Membership Exhibition 2006, Mt. Vernon, Texas

Plein Air Texas 2006, The Victorian Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Miniature Masterpieces 2005, The Victorian Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Drawing purchased by The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi - 1994