Diana Suttenfield

“Everything changes with every experience.”

Diana Suttenfield’s artwork has been included in over 100 regional, national, and international juried and invitational exhibits including Pastel Society of America, Art Miami International Exposition, US Artists, Baltimore Watercolor Society, and Butler Institute of American Art. Her work is in public, corporate, and private collections throughout the United States. In the ’70’s and ’80’s she illustrated and published four pen and ink sketchbooks on regional architecture, including “The C and O Canal; An Illustrated History” (text by T. Hahn) which was reviewed by the Washington Post Book World. In 1993 her work was selected to represent the United States through the U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies Program. In 2015, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Md. honored her with a fifty -year retrospective, and in 2017 she received a lifetime achievement award from Who’s Who in American Art.

Her favorite mediums have been pen and ink, watercolor, color pencil, pastels, oils. She has been painting with acrylics for several years, because she likes their fast drying capacity, so she can change and rearrange colors and compositions. Still, she can take up to five years to “finish” a painting.

Since the mid-1980’s her paintings and works on paper have focused on the regional landscape of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia. However, gardens were her main subjects featured in her two one-person exhibits in Chicago; Longwood, Druid Hill Park Conservatory in Baltimore, Giverny, and Italian gardens. Diana was born in Washington, D.C. in 1944 and has lived and traveled extensively with her parents in Europe and several states, before moving with them to Shepherdstown in 1962.

Awards & Recognition

2021  Washington County Museum of Fine Arts “Cumberland Valley Artist Juried Exhibition”
2021  Lyme Art Association, “Expanding Visions”, Old Lyme, Connecticut
2018  Who’s Who in America
2016  Who’s Who in American Art
1993  United States Dept. of State, Art in Embassies Program
1993  Who’s Who in the South and Southwest
1993  WV Public Television “Artist Profile”
1992  Arts and Letters Invitational, Governor’s Mansion, Charleston, WV
1985  “Woman of the Year, in Art”, WV Women’s Commission
1984  “Presenting WV Artists”, solo exhibition, Sunrise Museum, Charleston, WV
1992  T.A.F. The Artist Fund, one of ten WV artists selected for exclusive WV business venture