I have spent the majority of my adult life living in small, rural Iowa towns, yet my artistic connection to the surrounding land and water was initially surprising to me. I didn’t grow up with a particularly strong interest in the environment and no one has ever described me as a “nature girl”. But over time and repeated exposure, the land and water of Iowa and the Midwest has gradually invaded my consciousness and shaped my imagery. Whether manifesting itself in traditional panoramic or more close-cropped views, nature has been a constant in my work. What started out as a casual, somewhat passive interest in my subject matter became increasingly intentional and intimate. I have become more aware of and focused on the layers and subtleties of nature that we often overlook.
Diane Blair Kunzler grew up in Lamoni, Iowa and graduated from Graceland University, also in Lamoni. She taught art in the Iowa public school system for 38 years and in 2005 received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. She has served as an adjunct professor at Iowa Central Community College for the past eight years and teaches a variety of drawing, painting, and pastel workshops across Iowa.