Diane Cochran – Chalk Pastel

A Walk on the Bluffs

Lady Slipper

Bowling Ball Beach

For more than two decades I produced concrete garden sculpture almost exclusively, and many of you may have visited my home sculpture garden during past studio tours. But the passage of time and a desire to do something different has led me in an entirely new direction....the magical world of color and light through the use of soft pastels.

I love the pastel medium for its rich pigmentation, its direct application, and the many ways it can be used. Studying the light moving across a subject, how color changes as it moves away in space, how trees grow and bend with the wind, how many colors can be found in moving water and so much more is endlessly fascinating to me. There is so much to learn. Combining that with my love of the outdoors is a perfect “marriage” for me. And what better place to represent than this beautiful coastal environment where I have lived for more than 40 years! It feeds my soul and it gives me great joy and now I can use it as inspiration for my art.

When I began to explore the pastel medium I sought guidance from a number of teachers, among them Marsha Connell, Dawn Emerson, Clark Mitchell and Mira White.

The first art show I entered with my pastels was Art in the Redwoods, 2016 and I was awarded a first place for one of those pieces. I presented a one woman show of pastels in December, 2016 at 215 Main in Point Arena and was guest artist at the Coast Highway Artist Collective in Point Arena in January and February, 2017.

Not least of importance to me is that I have come full circle within my family. Once a sculptor, now I am a landscape and seascape painter following in the footsteps of my grandmother, a painter of landscapes and seascapes in oil, and my father, who took up watercolor painting after retirement from the business world, painting mostly sailboats and seascapes. Now I can call myself a painter too.

Contact Information:
Diane Cochran
PO Box 911
Point Arena, CA 95468

Phone: 415-724-4014
Email: flowers1@mcn.org


Diane in Studio


The View from Elk Beach