WAKARUSA — Diane Overmyer is a full-time artist.
She paints primarily with oil paints from life, such as still-life paintings or going out on location and painting outdoors, which is called “Plein Air Painting.”
Recently, the Wakarusa artist received the Glenda Cobb Bixby Award for expressionist work with the Northern Indiana Artists annual all-member exhibition.
“This is the first time I have received this award for abstract expressionism,” Overmyer said. “It’s not totally abstract but using real elements in abstract expression. I do mostly traditional still-life painting.”
Her work has been held in more than 100 collections throughout North America and received other awards from different competitions, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana Plein Air Painters, The Midwest Museum of Art, and other organizations. She’s also vice president of Northern Indiana Artists.
As an artist, Overmyer said it takes a large mental process while doing an oil painting.
“With every painting that I do,