Born  
Brookline, Massachusetts


Resides  Los Angeles, California

Education 
 
     Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art,  Reseda, CA

     Scottsdale Artist's Academy, Scottsdale AZ
     UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, drawing     
     Boston University, Boston, MA
     Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
     University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 

Awards

2017        Selected for inclusion in Strokes of Genius 9, Creative Discoveries, North Light Books

2016        Winner, Pratique des Art, 40 World Class Master Pastelists

2015        First Place, Still Life, The Pastel Journal 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition

2015        Finalist Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Award
2015        Finalist, International Artist Magazine Still Life Challenge Competition
2015        2 Finalist awards, The Artists Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition
2015        First Place, Still Life, The Pastel Journal 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition
2015        Finalist, International Association of Pastel Societies 25th Juried Exhibition
2013        Finalist, International Association of Pastel Societies 23rd Juried Exhibition

2011        Honorable Mention, Still Life, The  Pastel Journal 11th Annual Pastel 100 Competition

2009        Honorable Mention, Still Life, The Pastel Journal 9th Annual Pastel 100 Competition

2007        Finalist, Still Life, The Artist Magazine 2007 Annual Competition

2007        Winner, Emerging Artists 2007 Calendar
2002        Finalist, Still Life & Floral The Pastel Journal  3rd Annual Pastel 100 Competition 
2001        2nd Place, Student/Still Life, The Artist Magazine's 2001 Annual Art Competition

2001        Honorable Mention, Artistic Achievement, Portrait, Juried Exhibition

                American Artist Magazine Art Methods and Materials Show

                   
Professional Affiliations
 
               
Signature Member (Juried), Pastel Society of America

                Juried Member, International Guild of Realism
                Juried Member, Pastel Society of Southern California
                Juried Member, Pastel Society of the West Coast

                   
                      

Publications

              Strokes of Genuius 9, Creative Discoveries, North Light Books, 2017

               Pratique des Art, 40 World Class Pastel Artists, 2016

              The Artist's Magazine, Feature Article, Eat Your Vegetables, June 2015
               Pastel Journal, 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition 2015
                American Art Collector, Still Life Article, Janaury 2013
                2012 Best of Worldwide Still Life
               American Art Collector, Still Life Article, January 2011
               American Artists Magazine, Feature Article, June 2010
               American Art Collector Magazine, January 2010

Galleries

               TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. since 2009. www.taggallery.net
               Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA

               Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA


Gallery Shows

                 2016 Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
                 2016 Upcoming Solo Show, September, TAG Gallery,Santa Monica, CA
                 2015 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
                 2014 TAG Gallery, Solo Show, "Everything Glass", Santa Monica, CA
                 2014 The Foundry, Santa Barbara, CA
                 2014 Proverbs Gallery, Camarillo, CA
                 2013 TAG Gallery, Group Show, Santa Monica, CA
                 2012 TAG Gallery, Solo show, "New Work" Santa Moica, CA
                 2011 Artworks for the Cure, Los Angeles, CA
                 2011 TAG Gallery, Group Show, Santa Monica, CA
                 2011 TAG Gallery, Solo Show, "The Beauty of Ordinary Objects",Santa Monica,CA
                 2010 TAG Gallery, Group Show, Santa Monica, CA
                 2010 TAG Gallery, Solo Show, "Common Objects", Santa Monica, CA

   

Private Collections
 

                  Ayn Grinstein, Los Angeles, CA

                  Ric and Susanne Kane, Santa Monica, CA
                  Allan and Paula Rudnick, Bel Air, CA
                  Michael Canale, Beverly Hills, CA
                  Deborah Stoff, Bel Air, CA
                  Les Greenberg, Pam Beach, FL       
                  Paul Kanin, Beverly Hills, CA
                  Marci and Howard Zelikow, Los Angeles, CA
                  Diane and Moses Lebovits, Los Angeles, CA
                  Jerry Isenberg, Monticeto, CA
                  Myrna and George Weisenfield, Studio City, CA
                  Sharon Cohen, Cambridge, MA
                  Dr. and Mrs. Randall Parker, Granada Hills, CA
                  Rebecca Goodell and Steve Greenberg, Pacific Palisades, CA
                  Carla Malden, Los Angele, CA
                  Sharon Cohen, Cambridge, MA

 

Bio

A native Bostonian, Diane Rudnick Mann moved to Los Angeles in 1988 as a writer but after taking a drawing class at UCLA in 1999, saw her future. Basically a self-taught pastel artist who started painting later in life she found the work became a passion. She has no specific agenda about what she paints, she just paints. In a way, she believes that not having had years of training frees her from thinking about what she’s “supposed” to do. For her, each new piece is like an adventure and the excitement for her comes from the process of watching a painting develop across the canvas.

In her latest pastel series, Mann continues to highlight subtleties in her detailed still life
compositions. Working with pastels, a medium commonly reserved for loose lines and soft-focus effects, Mann alternatively applies the medium with meticulous intensity. Brilliantly colored crayons, ripe cherries, keys and unexpected objects pop from the shadows in stark contrast and draw attention to that which may be overlooked in our everyday life.

Her use of high contrast light and shadow, especially in her paintings with black backgrounds, is particularly important to her work because she finds it gives a personality to these objects making us look at them in a new way. Stripped of time, place, and function, the minutiae of everyday life become the focus of our attention. We are forced to look, to gaze intently at the usual, otherwise, as Mann describes, “you would walk by and never notice.” Mann adds, “I’ve found that an unexpected benefit to working this way is that the precision required to paint in a realistic manner can bring order to a sometimes chaotic world.”

Mann is a juried Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the International Guild of Realism, Pastel Society of Southern California and a member of TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, CA