Diana Grenier lives and paints in the Les Cheneaux Islands of Michigan, and in Port Isabel, Texas. A Yooper, and a Winter Texan!
Diana paints using oil, pastel, acrylic, collage and watercolor in traditional and experimental methods exploring the limits of mediums. Her subject matter is mostly portraits of people, and many landscapes of boats and water. Her style is a combination of realism and impressionism, with a touch of expressionism and abstraction, joyfully defiant of narrow categories.
Diana has exhibited several times at the Alberta House in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. She won awards each year since 2012 in “Northern Exposure”, an Upper Peninsula Art show at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba, Michigan. Her pastel paintings were juried into the Great Lakes Pastel Society 2010 National Competition in Midland, Michigan at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. In August 2011 for her pastel painting titled “Huron Point” Diana received “Best of Show Gold Medal” from the “Pastels North” juried competition at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center. Also in the summer of 2011 Diana exhibited a body of work titled “War Through Mom’s Eyes” consisting of over 13 art pieces using oil on canvas, mixed media and bronze sculpture at the Cycling Salamander Gallery in Charlevoix, Michigan. In the fall of 2012 Diana had a pastel portrait titled “Jackie” juried into the Pastel Society of America Annual Show at The National Arts Club in New York, earning acceptance into The Pastel Society of America as an Associate Member. The pastel painting “West Entrance Sunset” was exhibited at the Dennos Museum in the GLPS national show for the spring of 2014. In 2017 she has exhibited ten paintings at the Les Cheneaux Library and thirteen paintings at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba, Michigan. Most recently the painting “Hornet” by Diana J. Grenier, of Hessel, was accepted into the Northwest Michigan Juried Exhibition at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. The painting “Hornet” a 40” x 30” oil on canvas painting was juried into the show from among 360 entries and from 198 artists. The show runs February 3 - May 5, 2019.
Diana and her husband, John Grenier have produced the artwork and graphics for the Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show poster beginning in 2001. Diana’s work is on display at Les Cheneaux Islands Art Gallery at the blinker in Hessel, Michigan and online.
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