In 1988 Diane graduated from Ball State University with an Art education degree where she specialized in metal design and painting.  Her professor, the acclaimed Patricia Nelson, saw her watercolor paintings and suggested that enamel might be a medium suited to her because enamels, like watercolor, are applied in layers. During her graduate work she focused upon enamel art; powdered glass layered on metal, fired and cooled. Diane was sent to a workshop where the world renowned scientist enamelist, the late William Helwig, was teaching. Under his instruction she was exposed to many methods of enameling, from the traditional cloisonné (a French word meaning little fences or tiny fine silver wires filled with colored glass) to contemporary methods of sifting and painting. Enamels are fired in a table top furnace at 1,400 degrees, depending on the desired results.  Some pieces are fired more than 30 times. Once exposed to the subtle changes that occur through application of time and temperature, the vibrant transparent and opaque colors become absolutely beautiful. Diane was hooked. She has been experimenting and creating jewelry, wall hangings and enamels ever since.  The expression created in her paintings is easily translated into Enamel plates and bowls.
Diane Burrell
Enamelist and Painter

Diane continues to paint in all media and teaches painting at The Anderson Center for the Arts, The Pendleton Art Society Gallery 119, and The Newman Art Center. She teaches wine and canvas events as fundraisers throughout the community. She is an active member of the International Enamelist’s Society, The Hoosier Salon of Indiana, The Madison County Artists Association, and Pendleton Artists Society at Gallery 119. She gives programs about enamels and enamelist’s whenever possible. Hopefully, she plans to teach enamels at one of the aforementioned art galleries.  

Diane lives and works in her home studio on a lake in Anderson where she is inspired by nature. The beautiful Indiana fodder, sparkling water, and wildlife provide never ending influences for her work. Also, many themes for her work come from her life experiences including travels and struggles in her past. Her strength comes from an unending faith in God and her ability to translate that hope and love through her work to others.

Recent Awards
3-D Plates: 1st & 2nd place for Golden fern, and Green Fern  at the Indiana State Fair
3-D Enamels: 2nd Place for Enamel Butterfly and Aspen Trapped in Glass 
                        at The Madison County Artists Show held at The Anderson Center for the Arts 
Diane was accepted into the Hoosier Salon in 2014 with Golden Fern and The Four Seasons Trapped in Glass.
Painting Awards:  1st Place for Hummingbirds in watercolor at Grant County Artists Assoc. Show
Mixed Media, (watercolor and Oil pastel): 1st Place for Turn Around at Indiana State Fair 

Private Shows
Pendleton Artists Society Gallery 119, Diane was featured artist June 2016
“Seeds of Hope”, private show, at the Cloister, Grace Episcopal Church, Muncie, IN
Artists Within, Diane was featured Artist 2011, Muncie, IN
Diane created and painted the 10 ft. tall sculpture “Kaydi”  The Walking Girl for The Walking Man Project in 2012. Anderson, IN

Additional Credits
Diane taught Art classes at Daleville Jr. & Sr. High School 1988-1997
Diane retired from teaching ​Art classes at Pendleton, South Madison Community Schools 2013