Diane Hark has been an artist virtually her whole life. She began studies at the Cheltenham Art Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Majoring art as a student at the Moore Institute of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum and finally the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art helped develop her skills, talent, and "artist's eye." She credits her superior teachers, notably Arthur De Costa, Ben Kamihira, Sidney Goodman, Homer Johnson, and Elizabeth Osbourne, for giving her the formal training that all artists need. Dominic DeStefano’s Master Class in watercolor gave focus to continued development in composition and design. Meeting “Dee” many years ago, proved to be a perfect fit for Ms. Hark, who because of many children, was always in a hurry. He used big brushes, big paper, and lots of paint, talking continuously as he demonstrated his award winning techniques.
. Establishing her extensive website, www.dianeharkart.com, she invites travelers, galleries and art collectors to share these impressionistic watercolors. Ms. Hark’s award winning paintings have been exhibited and commissioned for national juried and solo shows. The famous acrylic “Mummer’s Marching on New Years” panels have been donated to “ Art in City Hall” and now hangs in Senator Arlen Specter’s Office in the Senate Building in Washington, DC. These same images of the Mummers have been chosen by the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness to be used for their Stationary. Ms. Hark has written several articles and taught workshops to youngsters and oldsters sharing her love of color and nature with art lovers everywhere. Donating paintings for charitable organizations and fundraisers is part of her mission.
A Philadelphia native, Ms. Hark is represented by Langman Gallery (Willow Grove), Wm Ris Gallery,(Stone Harbor, NJ), East End Gallery, Margate, NJ. She is a Signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Missouri Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America, Tri/State Artist Equity, and a past board member of Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Ms. Hark is an Alumni Member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
Diane Hark, an award winning watercolor artist, writer and grandmother of ten, spends most of her days painting and sharing her acclaimed skills with other members of art organizations and societies. Painting in Plein air, she brings life to Philadelphiaâ€™s wonderful heritage as well as reviving historical landscapes from the past. This intangible creative thread has woven itself throughout her many excursions to our National Parks, the Senate Building in Washington, and our immigrant population. All of these paintings continue to bring meaning into our lives. An alumni of PAFA, signature member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Board member of Philadelphia Water Color Society, Allied Artists of America, Tri/state artists, Ms Hark captures our palette of memories while documenting the passages of time.