Works by Diane Tompkinson.
Diane Tompkinson, a native of Seattle, has spent considerable time living in both the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. She worked as a teacher for many years at elementary and secondary schools, in the Seattle Public Schools District, with art the focus of her core curriculum. About her work: "I studied art at the University of Oregon, working in oils, acrylics, printmaking, and for the last fifteen years, woodcarving. Growing up on the wooded bluffs of Puget Sound, I spent a lot of time in the woods and at the beach. Consequently, frequent topics of my work are birds of the forest and shore, as well as saltwater creatures. Retired from teaching, I have made a lifelong study of birds, particularly owls and other raptors, and their natural enemies, the highly intelligent crow family."
"Although I work in mixed media, it is through printmaking that I am able to enjoy my love of painting, drawing, and carving. As a second-generation woodcarver I often leave purposeful carving marks in my linocut prints. I frequently create monotype prints (one-of-a-kind), as they bridge painting and printmaking for me. The larger prints I create using a press, while most of the smaller linocut prints are done by hand using a wooden rice spoon. I enjoy creating a variety of printing plates using plant material, sandpaper, plexiglass, metal, fabric, and even eggshells. Organic hand-made paper and botanical materials are often employed in my prints. I am beguiled by a love of pattern that often shows up in my pen and ink drawings and relief prints. My topics range from representational work to the abstract." April 2016: DRAWING Magazine awards Diane's "In Repose" Honorable Mention in their 'Shades of Gray' International Competition.
"In Repose"
India Ink/ Wax Resist drawing Exhibitions
Studio Door Gallery, San Diego

2015 The Studio Door Gallery, San Diego, CA “The Crow Show: An Homage to the Raven” 2015 Whidbey Art Gallery “The January Show”
2014 Art-a-Palooza Benefit Show, Whidbey Childrens Theater, Langley
2014 Whidbey Art Trail
2014 Tres Gringos Restaurant, Bayview, WA
2014 Inspired Arts Gallery, Freeland, WA Featured Artist 2014 Whidbey Art Gallery, Langley, WA Featured Artist
2013 Whidbey Working Artists Studio Tour
2013 Whidbey Life Magazine October Featured Artist
2013 UUCWI Gallery Freeland, WA “Steampunk Dreams & Spirit Guides”
2013 Handcrafted on Whidbey, Bayview, WA Popup Market
2012 UUCWI Gallery Freeland, WA “Nature in Close UP”
2011 Sno-Isle Library Art Show “Something to Crow About” Diane and CROW VALLEY ARTS on TV and in the news:
The Whidbey Chicken Coop Tour is a beloved highlight of the Spring, and Diane's flock was happy to welcome Whidbey TV on Apr.18, 2015!
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