Dianne Massey Dunbar
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Dianne Massey Dunbar is a Denver native. She began her art career at the age of seven, when her parents enrolled her in oil painting classes taught by Harold A. Wolfinbarger, Jr., a local Denver illustrator. Dunbar continued studying with Wolfinbarger for several years, learning the basics of drawing, color, and value. Following that, she finished her education, worked, raised a family, and painted when she could. In 1998 she had the opportunity to study with master artist Quang Ho in a yearlong professional studies class offered at the Art Students League of Denver. Since then, she has studied with such master artists as Mark Daily, Ron Hicks and Kevin Weckbach, and has been painting full time.
For Dunbar, each painting is a personal journey, and tells a story. While Dunbar has the highest regard for landscapes, figurative and floral work, she wants people to notice the often unseen beauty of everyday life. Her subject matter is drawn from her own experiences. In her work, she strives to honor the ordinary in life, from raindrops on windows to Lego toys to still lifes of bottles and jars. Dunbar says, “(M)ost of life is lived in the ordinary. It is my hope that people see the world a little differently because of my work.”
In the past fifteen years, Dunbar has consistently won national awards and received praise for her vibrant paintings of ordinary scenes and objects. Some of these awards include second place overall in the Master Signature category in the American Women Artists 2013 National Exhibition; Best of Show in the 2007 Oil Painters of American Central Regional Exhibition; Second Place Overall in the 2007 Oil Painters of American National Exhibition; Top 100 Arts for the Parks, to name just a few of her accomplishments. She has also had feature articles in both Southwest Art and American Art Collector magazines, articles in several other art magazines, as well as inclusion in a coffee table book, “Painted Sky: 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West,” (E. Ashley Rooney, December 2015).
From her meticulous draftsmanship, to her vibrant color, to her unexpected brushwork, to her storytelling, Dunbar’s work continues to delight.