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Diane Cochran – Concrete Sculpture

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Diane was born and raised on the East Coast, in the watery environs of Maryland, where she gravitated to art at a young age. She was lucky to have the support and encouragement of her family and one of her earliest influences was her grandmother, a landscape painter. In 1969 Diane earned a BA degree from Westminster College in Pennsylvania with a major in art. From there she lived for a time in Vermont, before traveling on to California in 1972 where she found her home on the Mendocino coast.

She received further art instruction privately and at several art colleges and art centers, beginning with the Baltimore Institute of Art and more recently at Mendocino Art Center. Having explored various media throughout her life, in 1988 she was lucky to discover the pottery studio of Kaye Like, and thus began her love affair with three-dimensional art. Diane progressed from creating hand-built, carved and burnished pottery to working primarily in cast stone in 1990 and over the years has developed her own unique process and style.

Diane has been teaching beginning and advanced concrete sculpture classes since 1994 both in northern California and on the East Coast. She has shown her work in galleries in the San Francisco Bay area, including A New Leaf in Berkeley, the Claudia Chapline Gallery in Stinson Beach, and other galleries in Mill Valley and Point Reyes Station. She also shows in her north coast area at Gualala Arts, the Mendocino Art Center, City Art Gallery in Point Arena, the sculpture garden at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and has won many awards. She also participates frequently in the North Coast Artists Studio Tour. Her sculptures have been widely sold both nationally and internationally.

Artist's Statement:

In my nearly 20 years of working primarily with cast stone in its soft stage, I have had ample opportunity for exploration with this fun, versatile and very earthy medium. I love to create pleasing sculptural forms that are as at home in a fine gallery as they are in a beautiful garden gathering moss.

The shapes are taken from Nature, strongly influenced by the wind and water worn formations of my rocky coastal environment. The content is so much about expressions of the heart, drawn from the richness of life experience, as well as the occasional dip into the collective unconscious.

Contact Information:

Diane Cochran
PO Box 911
Point Arena, CA 95468

Web: dianecochran.,com
Phone: 707-884-9006