Hi! I’m Diana and I see the Arts as an opportunity to touch, move and inspire others. Born and raised in an old South-East European country: Romania, I am now living in the greater Atlanta area, Georgia with my two artistic-inclined daughters who also want to pursue art when they grow up.
I love to explore the emotional aspect of what I observe around me, using classic mediums like watercolors, acrylics, and oils but also contemporary ones such as spray paints. When looking at my paintings ask yourself these questions: if you could imagine yourself within the artwork, what sounds would you hear? How would you feel? What would you be?
My whole life gravitates around creating art. I am fascinated with unassuming moments and I’m on a quest to capture them, whether they are portraits of people, places, or instances. Painting to me is an opportunity to witness and then capture the uniqueness of being: a quick fluttering in time at the juncture of attention and intent. When observing wholeheartedly, I experience a sense of communion with another’s essence. My paintings are glimpses of such extraOrdinary moments, created to bring about a sense of wonder and engage the viewer at an emotional level.
Alongside my studio work, I’ve been bringing together a growing community of art lovers by teaching painting classes and workshops to adults. My goal as a teacher is to facilitate participants to silence their critical inner voice in order to uncover beautiful images of the self by surrendering to play, in a quest to empower participants to become fully self-expressed through painting.
I invite you to reach out to me with any questions. You may follow and access a selection of daily painting videos on my YouTube channel @ArtByDianaToma. If you would like to commission a custom painting, contact me via email here. Connect with me via Facebook @ www.facebook.com/DianaTomaArtist
Holding a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious Romanian University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Diana has been engaging with the art community since 1995 showcasing her work in over a hundred international group exhibitions and eight solo art shows. Diana is often invited to judge and jury art shows and to speak on behalf of the working artist on open panels, such as at The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and at The Contemporary Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Between 1995 and 2021 Diana won an array of awards locally as well as on an international level. Her artworks have been showcased in art magazines, and billboards, and acquired by corporations to be displayed in public spaces. Diana is the national show chair for the Georgia Watercolor Society and the former IWS USA branch representative of the International Watercolor Society. Diana also teaches painting classes for adults in the Atlanta area and at art centers within the US and abroad. Her teaching approach focuses on fast, free-flowing painting release, and creative un-blockage.