About Dianne Jean Erickson

Artist statement

Each day working in my studio I start not knowing what image will emerge. I allow myself the freedom of indecisions, improvisations, and impulsiveness in my work, and that leads to exciting discoveries. Subjects of my paintings and prints vary depending on ideas that arise. I use multiple mediums including, but not limited to, encaustic, acrylic, oil and cold wax, and collage. I’m impatient by nature, my process is intuitive, I most enjoy the journey of creating, figuring out what works; what to keep, and what to abandon, until the piece works for me.

I have no compulsion to save every work I do. Many become the layered history for a new piece. Creating art energizes me, it’s a place where time is altered, where all my feelings and emotions appear at some time or another; pleased, tired, upbeat, excited, harried, surprised, and hopefully at some point, satisfied.


Dianne owned a graphic design business for twenty-five years in Palo Alto, CA. She and her husband Patrick moved to Jacksonville, OR in 2001, where she was a founding member of AMBUS Contemporary Art, a group of women artists who had a gallery for many years and still holds group exhibits around Oregon. She also sold rural real estate with Windermere Realtors in Jacksonville. In 2012, Dianne and Patrick moved to Portland to be near good food and exciting art, music and theatre venues. She has been a fine art instructor for over 25 years.

Dianne holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. She is a member of International Encaustic Artists, and a member of the Portland Chapter of IEA as well. Dianne was the Chief Business Officer on the Board of Directors of the International Encaustic Artists (IEA) from February, 2012 until May, 2013.  She was also President of the Board of Directors at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, CA, for a number of years before moving to Oregon. She is currently on the Board of Directors of and represented by The Geezer Gallery, a non-profit in Portland.

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