The Spring Hill Art League along with the Rising Sun Cafe, located at 10 South Main St., Brooksville, held an artist reception for local artists Diane Becker and Joyce Sundheim recently.
Accomplished well-known artist and instructor Diane Becker considers "art the gift of a lifetime." Helping to 'pass on a legacy to someone (we) love" is her passion, and the die was cast in portraits when as a young child she entered art contests with faces she had tried to copy. She gravitated to and loved any art projects with her process of painting evolving during high school and college years.
A graduate of the School of Fine Art at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo Diane was soon to pursue portraiture. By her own admission she was intrigued by the fact that "all faces have the same four main features, and yet all look different ... there is nothing more exhilarating than capturing the innocence of a child's face or the strength of an adult's."
Ten years at Pasco Hernando Community College began her teaching career, and she has continued teaching ever since. Diane has studied under such notable artists as Thomas Nash, Allen Banks and Helen Van Wyk, to name a few. She is published in the 4th volume of the Artists of Florida and is listed in the Cambridge Who's Who. Becker Studio welcomes commissions. Diane can be reached at (352) 799-0235, or on her website at email@example.com.
Joyce Sundheim is proprietor of Joyce's Tiers of Joy Garden Art and Platters.
The Tiers of Joy Garden Art began in March of this year for Joyce. Prior to the garden art business she made custom wire-wrapped jewelry for 12 years and taught the ancient technique in classes. Adding beading to her creations later, she produced a wide variety of bangles, necklaces, pendants and rings.
Always the creative type, Sundheim delved into gardening, landscaping, weaving and writing. Her fascination for 25 years was weaving decorative wall hangings onto driftwood and exhibiting these at local art galleries.
Joyce is proud of her Native American Heritage. Her father was Rolling Thunder 11, a Mohawk and Penobscot from New York and Maine, and her mother also was a Mohawk from Montreal, Canada. Her paternal grandmother was "Texas Lillie" a trick-shot artist who traveled with the Wild West Shows.
Upon graduation from the University of Tampa, Sundheim became a reporter for the Tampa Daily Times and her "claim to fame" was an interview with Liberace. She retired from the State Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services as a case manager for juvenile delinquents.