Painting Portraits in Oil
Dianne Panarelli Miller, an artist renowned for her award-winning paintings in oil, will demonstrate how to paint a portrait in oil on May 8, 2014. One lucky participant will be selected as the evening’s model. The program will be presented from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Kol Haverim Social Room on 1079 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury.
Dianne Panarelli Miller brings people and pets to life in her portraits. Generally, she finishes her portraits “Alla Prima,” or all in one sitting. She also paints from photographs at times and her dynamic approach to life is evident in the way she makes the art speak to the viewer.
As a teacher of art as well, Dianne is experienced in making the often personal and mysterious process of designing and creating a work of art come to life for others. She has been called “without question the hardest working and most effective teaching artist I have ever encountered.” She verbalizes everything that goes into her work and she also knows how to ensure that students and audience members at her demonstrations understand. As Dianne puts it, “I will find a way to explain it to you, even if it takes multiple ways before it clicks.”
Dianne has been studying and creating art her entire life. After ten years of college, atelier, and private classes, she has dedicated the past 30 years to developing her craft. She has always managed to find time to paint, even while raising a daughter and bartending for almost 20 years. It has all resulted in a stunning and versatile portfolio that includes portraiture, landscapes, and plein air works. She truly discovered the type of artist she wanted to be as she formally learned the “Boston Tradition” of painting and explored the galleries along Newbury Street.
Well represented in galleries and private collections, Dianne has been the recipient of multiple local and national awards. Recently, her oil painting, Blue, was accepted in the National Endowment show held in Naples, Florida. She is a signature member of the New England Plein Air Painters and has the distinguished honor to be recognized as a “Copley Master” from the Copley Society in Boston. Dianne is also a member of the Portrait Society of America and Oil Painters of America and she is equally comfortable painting a portrait as she is creating a mural.
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