Diane Zinn


I was born and raised in the Imperial Valley – a large agricultural area in southern California on the border of Mexico. It was a magical place to grow up – surrounded by thousands of acres of bountiful farm land and every kind of farm animal. Lots of wild critters, coyotes, cockroaches, and crickets too! Low desert living brought us beautiful winters and sweltering summers. Life was simple and everyone was your friend.

By the time I was 3 or 4 years old I was pretty much obsessed with drawing and coloring and making up stories. Art and music were always my fortes and through art and music I have lived out my passions and angsts and joys.

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I studied commercial art at Northern Arizona University for a couple years and then eventually graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts. I segued from college to marriage and rearing my four children in the Imperial Valley. It wasn’t until I moved to Anaheim Hills five years ago that I was able to start seriously painting. It has been my lifelong dream!

I paint primarily with acrylic on paper and canvas with bold, bright colors. My technique is based on the element of surprise – the subject evolves as the colors and shapes dictate – whatever I perceive is happening – and then suddenly the painting is complete! Painting for me is serendipitous and a joy!

It is a pleasure to be associated with Hugo Rivera and his gallery here in

Laguna Beach.