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“Home” Acrylics and Old Photos
“Home” Acrylics and Old Photos
Born in St. Augustine, FL, Diana Patterson is the first of four daughters born to Robert "Jack" Mier and Pearl Pringle Mier. Earlier Mier families were Catholic and through the records of the church, the family's ancestry was traced to the 1400's to the southern tip of Spain. Moving from St. Augustine in the early 1800's, Diana's great grandparents came to Palm Valley, then a small settlement nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intra-Coastal Waterway north of St. Augustine. They built the first "Mier" house just a few hundred feet from where her grandparents later built the "big house" where Diana was brought after her birth.Diana's maternal grandparents were cattle ranchers south of St. Augustine. As a young woman, her mother, along with her mother's parents and four brothers, drove cattle throughout Florida.Diana's rural upbringing inspired an enormous appreciation for her natural environment. The water, plants, trees, animals, nature and flowers in her art attest that she would rather be outside than in.She had a gift for drawing at an early age. Later, her talent grew when she began to explore and add other mediums. Diana works primarily with acrylics but also enjoys pen and ink and pastels.  As a self-taught artist, she praises her Maker for giving her these gifts and takes great JOY in sharing them.Diana currently resides on the Intra-Coastal Waterway in Palm Valley with her husband Pat. They enjoy the ever-changing landscape and the beautiful vistas from their yard and cruising the waterway. They plan an eventual retirement to a rural setting in northern St. John's County where Diana will continue to develop her art.She is employed by Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, where she and Pat are active members. Another very special highlight in her life is making fun memories with their children and seven beautiful grandchildren.The exhibit opens on June, 1 and runs through July 30, 2011at the Dickinson Gallery Opening Reception: June 18, 2011 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM; Refreshments Served For more information, go to www.dianapattersonart.com, call (904) 285-8493, or email her at dpatterson@pvpc.com or diana0120@msn.com 

 

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