The paintings of Diane Marsh have evolved over 40 years to portray universal issues which are both deeply personal and profoundly human. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Marsh was in graduate school at the University of Buffalo (1978) during a period of dynamic expansion in media arts, film, and photography with fellow students Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, and Charlie Clough. In 1979 Marsh received a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, moved to New York, and set up a studio in Lower Manhattan. The art scene in Manhattan in the early 1980s was exploding and as a young artist in the midst of all this frenetic activity, Marsh's own work began to evolve and mature. Her figurative works expanded out of the pattern & decoration movement of the late 1970's and early 1980's. Her paintings became more psychologically charged and her technique became a meticulous, painting style driven by her interest in universal human concerns. Marsh lived in Santa Fe from 1988-1998. In 1989 she had a solo exhibition at the Center For Contemporary Arts. The vibrant Santa Fe cultural scene included artists like Terry and Joe Harvey Allen, and Jo Harvey Allen was the subject of several Marsh paintings. During the Santa Fe years Marsh had solo exhibitions in Denver, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles, resulting in the Hess Collection in California acquiring two works for their Museum. Works were also included in the collections of, The Albuquerque Museum, The State Capitol Art Collection in Santa Fe, The New Mexico State University Gallery in Las Cruces, actors Amy Madigan and Ed Harris, along with many other private collections. Marsh married, her son was born in 1997, and the family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1998. Marsh received a Nebraska State Arts Council Grant in 2001. In 2002 Marsh was invited on her second, year-long residence grant through the RAIR Foundation and moved back to Roswell, NM. In 2003 Marsh moved to Abiquiu, New Mexico, established a studio, and was awarded a John Anson Kittridge Foundation Grant. She had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Nebraska Art in 2005, and at the Addison Gallery in Santa Fe in 2006. The Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln,NE, The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, NM, The Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, NE and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, MO have all acquired Marsh's works for their permanent collections. Currently, in 2019, with her son at University and an amiable divorce behind her, Marsh delves intently into her studio. While always maintaining her connections and aesthetic base in New York , Marsh with her need for solitude and love of wilderness, lives in rural New Mexico surrounded the beauty of the American West.
Written by Stuart Arends, Willard, New Mexico