Diane Schroeder

Diane Schroeder

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Diane Schroeder • Profile

 

Diane Schroeder

Diane Schroeder majored in art with a strong focus in interior design at the University of Nebraska.  After graduating with a BFA, Diane chose a career in the design field, but she never abandoned her love for her art. Whether it was three-dimensional art interpreted from clients desires or 2 dimensional painting exploring abstractions interpreted from subtle adventures, both seem to influence each other.

Since her early adult years of painting, Diane has moved from a formal application of oil on canvas to a spontaneous palate of oil and mixed media.  Her pieces abstractly suggest landscape shapes and textures and the translucencies and reflections of atmospheric colors.  With the exploration of contrast and contradiction, Diane introduced collage as an exciting additional dimension to her work and she continues to define and refine detail and strength.

While Diane enjoyed a long, successful interior design career for national and international commercial interior architectural firms, she was represented by a Chicago gallery for some time and continued to build her painting career under the signature, D.Schumacher.

In 2007, Diane made a decision to leave the commercial design profession to focus on her art.  Her artist signature is now D. Schroeder.

Her work can be found in the collections of major corporations and private residences and she is represented by LaFontsee Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI.  She was included in the juried exhibit of American Women Artists in 2011 and recently published in an international volume featuring 15 artists: Pubblicazione XX Secolo/1 by Domenico Amoroso and Sylvia Franchi. and was chosen to exhibit in Klakenfurt, Austria along with 14 other international women artists in 2013 which moved on to the MACC- Museo d'Arte Contemporanea in Caltagorone, Italy in 2013 where her work remains in the permanent collection.

Diane Schroeder • Statement

Contrast and Contradiction: It has been my experience that life is a subtle composition of contradictions. It is only by contrast of the absurd that the rational makes sense, and it is by the contrast of dark that there is light. The expression of the observations of life has evolved into several varieties of work.

The contradiction that oil and water do not mix, and the theory that spilled oil is not easily controlled, is the very basis of my working media. Paper is a water based material and usually has water based media applied to it. It is because "oil and water do not mix," that I find oil, and oil based media, the perfect application on paper. I am in control of the applied materials rather than the properties of the paper demanding an opinion on the control and ultimately, the result.

While there are highs contrasted by low periods of life, there are subtleties of monochromatic colors contrasted by shiny and dull, transparency and opaque, rough and smooth, undefined shapes and defined shapes or lines. These form an overall composition or group of compositions in an undisturbed space of time. While not always recognized at the moment of happening, they leave a lasting impression to be continually reinterpreted and related.

Even with high contrast, subtleties are woven into the overall picture as the observation continues. The collage elements are saved pieces of things that have touched my life. The mixed media of pencil, craypas, charcoal, metallic ink, gold leaf, and foil, are the results of further exploration of materials that should not work together — but do.

Fear is contrasted by knowledge. Knowledge is gained by exploration. The sensation of emotion, the power of intuition and the confidence of logic.


Diane Schroeder • Biography

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

Artist’s Project Ladybug, Chicago, Illinois

2013   
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
“On Common Ground”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
International Women Paint Exhibition, BV Galerie, Klagenfurt, Austria
           
MACC- Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Caltagorone, Italy
           
Artist’s Project Ladybug, Chicago, Illinois

2012   
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“LG-Group”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Spring Bling:  The Merchandise Mart”, Chicago

“Highland Park Art Walk” juried exhibition, Highland Park storefronts, Chicago, Illinois

2011    
“Come Out and Play”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“ArtPrize”, International Exhibit, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Opening Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“American Women Artists National Awards Exhibit”, Atlanta, Georgia

“Anatomically Correct”, Highland Park, Illinois

“Spring Bling:  The Merchandise Mart”, Chicago

“Highland Park Art Walk” juried exhibition, Highland Park storefronts, Chicago, Illinois

2010   
“Jesse Home Elements; 5 Chicago Women, Specializing in Abstract Impressionism”, Chicago, Illinois

“Solo Exhibition”, Gallery 175, Chicago, Illinois

“Solo Exhibition”, Tasting Room, Chicago, Illinois

“ArtPrize”, International Exhibit, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Anatomically Correct”, Highland Park, Illinois

“Spring Bling:  The Merchandise Mart”, Chicago

2009   
“ArtPrize”, International Exhibit, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Anatomically Correct”, Highland Park, Illinois

“Spring Bling:  The Merchandise Mart”, Chicago

“Highland Park Art Walk” juried exhibition, Highland Park storefronts, Chicago, Illinois

2008   
“Lineart International Exhibit”, Gent, Belgium

“Artists Project National Exhibit”, Chicago, Illinois

2007
“Artist Studio” Table Setting, Dining By Design for DIFFA, Chicago, Illinois
           
“Charity Show and Auction”, Lieds Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
           
“Giver of Life” Breast Cancer Research/American Cancer Society, Batavia, Illinois

1994   
“Solo Exhibition”, Corporate Art Source Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1992    
“Solo Exhibition”, Corporate Art Source Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1991    
“Solo Exhibition”, Corporate Art Source Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1990   
“Solo Exhibition”, Corporate Art Source Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

PUBLICATIONS

2012   
“25 Year Book”, LaFontsee Galleries

2011    
Pubblicazione XXSECOLO/1 by Domenico Amoroso & Silvia Franchi, one of 15 featured artists

2008   
Chicago Social Magazine:  3 pages of a 6 page article on a DIFFFA charity event

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Vis-à-vis Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois