DIANE ROME PEEBLES
Diane’s work has been characterized as a unique blend of scientific accuracy and traditional style. The merging of these two traits is a natural result of her personal history as an artist. At age ten, Diane began painting under the guidance of locally prominent landscape artists in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She soon developed an interest in scientific illustration, and later received a full scholarship to attend Tulane University, where she studied biological illustration, art history, and the natural sciences. After receiving her degree in 1982, Diane moved to Florida’s West Coast to begin her career as a professional illustrator. She decided at this point to specialize in fish illustration using pen-and-ink and dry-brush watercolor. By 1986, Diane had begun painting in oils again, allowing her to balance the hard regimen of scientific illustration with the freedom of oil painting.
Diane’s artwork has appeared on the covers of marine sport fishing periodicals and on numerous Maine conservation stamp:/prints and educational publications produced by several state governments. While her work continues to grow in popularity among private collectors, Diane still maintains an active illustration career, with her first priorities going to projects that enhance conservation of our natural resources. She is a member of the International Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and an honorary lifetime member of the American Fisheries Society.