About Dianna Poindexter

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Oil Painter - Dianna Poindexter



Painting is my passion! As an artist I have the privilege of seeing the beauty in the world, capturing it through color and shapes in my art then bringing it to others.

I have always been compelled to paint images in nature and life that move me emotionally.   My intention is to capture the beauty and essence of my subject that is often times overlooked.  I am motivated by music, particularly Jazz, Chill, Soul, R&B and Classical Guitar. To keep inspired, I spend a lot of time in Natural environments that include; trips to Coastal regions exploring the Wetlands and Shorelines – focusing on the landscape and the elements that are unique to these diverse environments.  Likewise, I cherish quality time with friends & family including walks with my dogs in state and national parks….




Dianna Poindexter’s paintings of landscapes and Nature are realistic impressions of the spirit.  The Pennsylvania artist thinks of herself as a colorist.  A native of the Southwest, she was born in Scottsdale Arizona and grew up near the Red Rocks of Sedona, which will always have a huge place in her heart.  Though she loved the beauty of the small town, she always knew that one day she would live in a big city somewhere on the East Coast.   After living in a few Cities throughout the Mid-West, Dianna was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to live in Philadelphia PA with her partner who was attending Medical School.  She spent 6 years in the City of Brotherly Love enjoying Sunday strolls along Kelly Drive, First Fridays in Old City and Live Music at the Tin Angel.  Although Philly is known for its rich history and food, it was the ART that Dianna fell in love with.

Trips to Museums in Philly, NYC and DC helped round out her cultural experience while attending Moore College of Art & Design, where she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Painting and Sculpture.    Dianna now lives in Bethlehem, PA, where she’s just a short ride away from NYC where she continues to be inspired by the creative energy of her fellow artists.

Poindexter’s work can be found at Corkran Gallery, RAL, Rehoboth Beach, DE.  She exhibited her works in Bethlehem Fox Optical Gallery, The Rotunda, Fines Arts Commission and TC Gallery.  She has participated in numerous Group exhibits regionally and is a Member of Rehoboth Arts League and Bethlehem Palette Club.   Her work can be found in several private collections, public art collections at Crime Victims Council and Aston Middle School District.  She was published in 2012 in Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 16; My Dragonfly Series.  She received Outstanding Community Service Award in the Lehigh Valley and a scholarship from Art Forms Gallery in Manyunk PA.




I create large-scale, colorful works that are painted with Winsor Newton Oils and Pen & Ink washes.  Most of my paintings are of images found in Nature as emphasized through Coastal & Vanishing Landscapes. Though my paintings and drawings are realistic I consider myself to be a colorist most of all.  For me color comes first and composition second.  Mixing palettes has always been the most important part of the creative process.  Color is what makes the painting come alive.  I also try to capture the emotions of the subject I am painting.  Capturing the essence of the spirit is what moves the viewer creating a connection between the artist and the subject.  All of my work is derived from reference material, memory and intuition.


Recent Work


In my most recent work I have been compelled to paint dragonflies. A subject that I intend to visit and explore on an ongoing basis. The Dragonfly symbolism crosses and combines — change. They are found in Japanese paintings representing new light and joy.Their colors reflect and refract the power of light which associates them with magic and other mysticism….causing the illusion for others to see what you wish. Dragonflies are reminders to see through illusions and allow yourown light to shine in a new vision.

My process with this new body of work is known as Alla Prima — wet on wet technique. I wanted to experiment with a quick and direct application as opposed to working with layers of glazed colors found in my waterscapes.

Winds of Change – Images of the Dragonfly

Follow Me - 16x20 Oil on CanvasRest - 24x28 Oil on CanvasSuspension in Time - 24x28 Oil on CanvasOne Flight - 24x24 CanvasFly by Me - 24x24 Oil on CanvasTransformation - 11x14 Oil on Clay BoardMists of Illusion - 24x36 Oil on Clay BoardJourney of 1000 Miles - 10x20 Oil on CanvasSoar II - 10x20 Oil on CanvasTail Wind - 24x24 Oil on CanvasLove is in the Air - 16x20 Oil on Clay Board


Past Work and Experience


Download Dianna’s Resume to see her all of her solo and group exhibitions, and her professional experience.