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.