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Please note that all the images on this site are of my original oil paintings. ©Mary Diman


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Announcing a two-person exhibit of paintings by Mary Diman and Chuck Bauer from Dec. 8, 2014, to Jan. 6, 2015. There was a reception on Dec. 14, Sunday, at 5 PM. • 600 North Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792

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This is some of my work from the Dec. 2014 show, with more images coming soon.

Diman violin 2014
An Instrument Playing Hard to Get, oil on canvas with violin parts, 25.5″ x 12″.

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The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (WYSO) held its annual fundraiser at CUNA in Madison last weekend (March 29, 2014) and I was a featured violin artist along with Theresa Abel, Isabelle Krier, Jan Norsetter, and Jonathan Wilde. Our interpretations of a violin were auctioned along with 160+ items of generously donated merchandise. Beautiful live music and delicious food and wine made the party perfect, and at the very end, the Badgers won the Elite Eight, so it was an unforgettable evening. My piece is called  An Instrument Playing Hard to Get,  and it is oil on canvas with the addition of a violin neck and string.

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Portrait of Miss Tyre, after Hoppner, oil on canvas, 16
Portrait of Miss Tyre, after Hoppner, 2014, oil on canvas, 16″ x 12″.

Following the academic tradition of copying the masters as part of an education, I recently spent some time copying a painting at the Chazen Museum in Madison. This is my copy of part of the English portrait painter John Hoppners’s Portrait of Miss Tyre (1790). Hoppner’s work also includes the sitter’s hands but I chose to only paint the head, because of time limitations.

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I was a featured artist/presenter at the 2013 Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetery Festival in Fort Atkinson WI. “Poetry-The Art of It” featured invited five paintings with five invited poets responding, with poetry, to the work. My painting was also used as the promotional logo for the two-day event.

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Baby Girl, oil on canvas, 10
Baby Girl, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″, private collection

My oil painting, Baby Girl, won an Honorable Mention at the state juried show, Arts West 34, Feb. 24- April 5, 2013,  Eau Claire, WI. Juror: James Boyd Brent, professor, College of Design, University of Minnesota. Solo show: At the Carbone Cancer Center, UW-Madison Hospitals, with nine oil paintings, the months of January and February, 2013.

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I had a solo show: In the Main Entrance Gallery, UW Hospital, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792, during the month of October 2012 with 21 new oil paintings. There was a gallery reception on Sunday October 14.  

This is some of the work from my October 2012 show:

birthday cake
The Birthday Cake, oil on canvas, 20″ x 10″, private collection
Jack Be Nimble II, oil on canvas, 10
Jack Be Nimble II, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″, sold
Valentine’s Tuxedo, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″, available
Valentine’s Tuxedo, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″, available
Thomas, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″, private collection
Alexis, oil on canvas, 16
Alexis, oil on canvas, 16″ x 12″, private collection
Renée, oil on canvas, 16
Renée, oil on canvas, 16″ x 12″, nfs
Young Woman in Blue
Young Woman in Blue, oil on canvas, 16″ x 12″, sold
Gallery Roses, oil on canvas, 20
Gallery Roses, oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″, sold
Rutabaga Romance, oil on canvas, 12
Rutabaga Romance, oil on canvas, 12″ x 16″, sold

more work…


The Mosaic Project

Early work

Family Ties, acrylic on steel, 3″ x 3″
Self Portrait with Glasses, oil on steel, 3″ x 3″
Jill, Club de Wash Halloween, acrylic on board, 5″ x 5″
A View of Long Lake (detail), acrylic on paper, 3″ x 18″ (entire work). In the collection of the Wustum Museum, Racine, WI.
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I juried the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) show at Whitewater on Saturday (6-25-11). It was a great group of artists and some nice work–a lot of it skillfully done transparent watercolor. The energy level in the gallery was exiting. Take a look at their website. Thanks to Mary Lou Lindroth, who did most of the coordination and organizing the installation and reception on Saturday.


red+white roses
Red and White Roses, oil on canvas, from life, while I was a student in a Diane Rath workshop. Sold

Artists are students their whole lives. Whenever oil painters from the Madison area get together the name of Diane Rath comes up. She was a wonderful painter and a wonderful teacher. I was fortunate to be able to take two workshops with her. She was principled and demanding as a mentor and her love of painting energized the studio. Some teachers you never forget because you realize, either on the spot, or down the road, knowing them changed your life.

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