Diane Franchini


After trying many mediums watercolor has given me the most pleasure as well as the most challenge. I took my first watercolor instructions in 2004. The journey of my watercolor painting has been primarily self discovery, to find ways to invite the wordless language of a painting to speak out; I believe that my paintings have something to say. Regardless of the subject matter, I feel a sense of history – a desire to tell the story – in every painting. The challenge for me is to paint poetry rather than novels – to find a focal point without bludgeoning the viewer with it – to allow colors, lines and shapes to communicate the essence. In 2010 and 2012 I attended a 5-day workshop with Eric Weigardt and in 2011 and 2013, I attended an 8-day Intensive Studies Seminar in Taos, New Mexico, where I studied under Christopher Schenk, Alex Powers, Fran Larsen, Katherine Chang Lui, and Skip Lawrence, all internationally known watercolor artists. In August 2014 my husband and I moved permanently from Enumclaw to Ellensburg to build a home where we could enjoy our retirement endeavors – watercolor for me and wood boat restoration for him. In August 2015 we moved into our “dream” home and I am now busy painting and teaching classes in a 380 sq. ft. studio.

The Blackbirds

watercolor, 16 x 20 inches

Abiquiu Parish

watercolor, 20 x 26 inches

Down at the Docks

watercolor, 16 x 20 inches