About Diane Czerwinski


I have painted for almost as long as I can remember.  As a child and teenager, I happily spent Saturdays painting at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Even then, I loved painting the many costumed models who posed for us.  While raising my five children, I painted at night on canvas and on paper, and while teaching, first philosophy and mathematics, then art and gifted children, I painted mostly in my head.  Now I am fortunate to be able to paint from life and love every second of it.  

Most of my work is done en plein air or engaged with a model or still life.  It keeps me in the moment and one with the scene.  I am constantly dazzled by the beauty of the world and its people, and my goal as an artist is to record and share my responses with you, the viewer.  I want to show you the colors of our world that you were not aware of until you look again after viewing my paintings..  I want to splash color onto my paper until, magically, a painting appears that we can share.  The mysteries and transparencies of watercolor paint never cease to delight me.  I love color and use lots of it, but I don't use a lot of paint -- only enough to create the magical illusion that is art.  

I have studied at local colleges and universities and in workshops with well-known artists, particularly with the great watercolor painter Charles Reid, from whom I have learned so much.  My paintings have been exhibited locally and nationally and are in many private collections.  


BA  with Honors in Philosophy, University of Michigan

MS Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago

Additional Art Courses at University of Illinois, Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Triton College, American Academy of Art.

Numerous art workshops.



The Art Center Highland Park

Lakes Region Watercolor Guild

Glenview Art League

Artists on the Bluff

Recent Exhibits:

The Gallery Restaurant, Lake Forest

Northern Trust Bank, Lake Forest

The Art Center Highland Park

Wilmette Community Center