Studio A – Diane Stark Gronewold – Pastels

Award wining pastels.

Studio A – Diane Stark Gronewald

14265 Waco Street NW, Ramsey MN 55303

While growing up on my family farm, I was always surrounded by the intriguing beauty of everything nature has available to us. While looking closely at the layering of these colors and textures, and imagining what it might be like to see the world through the eyes of the various creatures that fly and crawl around, my mind could take me ANYWHERE! When I create my artwork, I not only show the beauty of nature, but what might be happening in and around the subject matter, that our “rational” couldn’t possibly believe is happening! This means that you can often find hidden “surprises” in my work! I also often incorporate this concept into my work by having sections of my art show a closer look of what might be found in and under what is visible on the surface. This also relates to the fact that many times we don’t really know a person until we get a glimpse of their “inner self”, and sometimes these unique qualities are not what we expect. Many times in my artwork I also explore the mysterious effect that occurs when areas of sight are distorted or even absent. This concept came about when my father developed macular degeneration that created blindness in the center of his vision. 

Every day I continue to explore everything around me and wonder “what if”?!? It is also quite intriguing how some of my unexpected occurrences just seem to show up intuitively. Maybe these things are really happening, but most people just can’t believe it – so they don’t see it?!? 

I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and then earned a Masters of Art Education Degree from the University of Minnesota. I have been teaching art since 1980 and am currently at Anoka High School. I also minored in music and have been a church musician for many years, and am currently the organist, pianist, and music coordinator at the United Methodist Church in Anoka.