American born artist living in the Pacific NW, Dianna was educated primarily in realism through extensive private tutoring and workshops. Influenced by 20th century abstract expressionism and post painterly abstractionists, her work of the past two decades has purposefully morphed from realism into abstract imagery being exhibited in multiple solo, invitational and juried exhibits.
Traveling often to the East Coast of the US, Woolley has pursued singular artistic exploration on the Island of Nantucket — 2016 and 2017 in residency at the NISDA (Nantucket Island School of Design and Art). Dedicated weeks outside her studio serve to strengthen a long practice of personal reflection and innovation, while enabling her to encounter new mediums, studies, techniques and other talented artists in search of camaraderie and insight into their personal art making.
In 2018 Woolley was awarded a two week October residency for independent study by the IEA (International Encaustic Artists), at the renowned Castle Hill Arts Center’s Edgewood Farm, Truro, MA.