Diane Chambers-Stubblefield began painting in oils in 1989 and added watercolors in 1998. Since picking up pastels in 2001, they have become her medium of choice for the range of colors available and because she loves the tactile experience of blending the colors. Pastels have such a rich intensity that makes a painting come to life. She feels that pastels have gone through a renaissance of sorts; more and more artists are using them. Working with pastels is spontaneous, they are easily portable, and the artist does not have to wait for the work to dry. Diane also likes painting abstracts in acrylics; it helps her to loosen up since her pastels are usually so detailed. In the summer of 2002 Diane attended a pastel en plein air workshop in Santa Fe, NM, instructed by Albert Handel and Anita Louise West. She has since returned there for an apprenticeship and for workshops with other artists. Diane’s art has been displayed in various art shows in Tennessee and Kentucky. The PAPA Gallery in Paducah, KY, represents her. She is a member of the Paducah Area Painters Alliance, Paducah, KY; The Art Guild in Gallatin, TN, and Monthaven Art Society in Hendersonville, TN. The artist resides in Gallatin, TN.