Dionne is an NE Ohio native who has resided in the Upstate of South Carolina now for twelve years with her husband, two children, and teacup chihuahua Zoey, the studio mascot. Currently, she is creating and consulting out of her home studio in Anderson, SC.
Dionne was born a creative and was drawn to the fine arts from an early age. She is a daughter to an Italian Father, who has an endless thirst for knowledge, and a Czech Russian Mother who was a gifted pianist that played by ear from the early age of four. Her parents kept her exposed to art and culture in the way of music, visual art, theatre and culinary all of her life. Dionne attributes her deep love for the arts to her mother who fostered it in the home and in her as a maturing girl with big dreams.
Some of her first loves include works of Monet and Van Gogh. At the age of sixteen, she completed a recreation of Monet's "Waterloo Bridge-London" and was in love with impressionism from then on. You can still see the influence of these great impressionists in her work today.
As a teen, Dionne spent countless hours in her art class in high school and studied under professional watercolorist Gayle Dennington Anderson in Ashtabula Ohio and has been painting with water-media ever since. Along with visual art, Dionne enjoyed fashion and design. She was encouraged by several teachers to follow the path of an art career. Her deepest desire was to go to the Art Institute of Chicago but she took a different path due to circumstances in life at that time. Her new life and career path didn't leave much time for personal creativity. Years later she tried to return to school at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois for art and design.
"I've always known I was an artist and I knew that was what I was born to do, paint!" - Dionne
Being a creative, Dionne often retreated to creating as a means of therapy but she had laid down her brushes for over a decade while raising her family and struggling with chronic physical and mental health challenges.
Longing to paint again despite the physical pain, Dionne pushed through and began small. She started with projects that didn’t take a lot of time or effort, but the important thing was that she started. I guess you could say that she was drawn back to the "drawing board".
“There was this void inside that was not being fulfilled because I wasn’t using my creative gifts in the way that I was meant to.” says Dionne.
She picked up her paint brushes again in 2015 seeking a peace of mind, healing, and spiritual wholeness. Dionne knew she had to go back to her roots to find fulfillment and purpose. As she held onto hope, she connected once again to one of her first loves, painting. A new start with restored hope, and as her creative journey once again commenced she began to see positive changes in her mind, body, and spirit. She began to find fulliment and purpose again.
She believes strongly in practicing art as a "creative therapy" for whole-person wellness. Painting is not a hobby or recreational past time for Dionne, it is a necessity.
"It is in this place of “creative therapy” that we can experience peace of mind, fulfillment of purpose and mental clarity. Technically you become so engrossed in what you are doing you are operating on a level and in a flow that can bring spirit, mind and body wellness. Resulting in what I call “Creative Transformation”.
I have been practicing this personally for many years now and it has proved to be true time and time again. I know that art was an avenue to an abundance of healing in my life, mental, emotional and physical. I believe that creating and accomplishing can do wonders for us! We just need to take the time to do it!”
Now she creates works of all sizes giving them her signature finishing touch with fine iridescent gold paint. She is selling and showing her work around the United States in the way of physical and online juried shows. She was chosen and published in North Light Books “Incite 4” Best of mixed media in 2016 for an encaustic/watercolor series.
Dionne recently had the opportunity to participate in ‘Art on the Town’ in Anderson, SC where she hung her vibrant and popular “Ablaze” painting in Blake and Brady Boutique. As well as participating in The Art NXT Level 8”x8” Self Portrait Exhibit in Chicago, Illinois at the Zhou B Art Center, Curated by Artist and Mentor Sergio Gomez.
Dionne is producing new work continually in the way of vibrant contemporary florals and botanicals that carry a peaceful healing feel, both on canvas and on paper. She incorporates colourful inks in her work as well and particularly loves the strong contrast made by a walnut ink stain. This helps her make a bold statement and achieve a transparent layering effect she likes to display.
Her most recent accomplishment was at Clemson University where she collaborated together with the campus organization Tigers Together, an organization that advocates for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She created a painting specifically for the event entitled "You're not alone" and then delivered the painting at her art talk on the 'positive and transforming power art has on our mental health'. As well as sharing some of her own story and personal experience with art, mental health, and creative spiritual transformation. Funds were being raised for AFSP.
You can view her work online and at The Art Cellar in downtown Greenville, SC where she is a regular exhibitor.
In her off time, she enjoys retreating to the coast of South Carolina, Pawleys Island to be exact. This is where Dionne hits pause and reflects in order to become refreshed and recharged. The coast is a deep place of inspiration for her and that goes back to her roots of growing up on the shores of Lake Erie.
Along with painting, Dionne loves to help others develop creatively and spiritually. She has a passion to unlock and release the creative person within and understands what this takes from her own personal experiences.
“For we can’t thrive in our creative career without the other,” says Dionne.
She is now offering One on One Personal Creative Consulting Sessions.
"Painting is a way of life for me, a healthy life. For me art is not a luxury, it is a necessity and I choose to paint for myself and others." -Dionne