Art of the Week: Jeweled Koi

Diane L. Lawrence
Topeka, Kansas Branch


Diane’s focus as an artist has always been color. She tries to achieve colors so intense that the viewer is drawn to the artwork like a moth to a flame. Nature is her inspiration because of so many surprises in color and pattern. The purpose of her paintings is to make us more aware of the beauty of our surroundings.


Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Diane graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking. After the Art Institute she went on to earn a teaching certification from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Her teaching experience began in the public school system of Independence, Missouri. After moving to Kansas in 1975 Diane continued teaching in her studio as well as other venues. She has taught workshops and given demonstrations in Kansas and Missouri in Silk Painting and Watercolor. Because of her experience, Diane was selected as an instructor for Silk Painters International Conferences in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.



  1. I really like the colors!

  2. Carol Nipomnich Dixon says

    A lovely, rhythmic colorful painting.

  3. Dorothy Kamm says

    Beautiful! I love the color and pattern and the way you work with the watercolor medium to create a watery effect.

  4. Sara Etgen-Baker says

    Diane–thanks for sharing your lovely art work and talents! Your color is so compelling; you definitely achieved your goal of drawing the viewer into the painting. I was lost in the sea of color, activity, and energy and actually felt “one” with your painting. Incredible!

  5. Charlene Holloway says

    Diane Lawrence’s artwork is fascinating painted with beautiful colors. Her experience as an artists shows in her exquisite artwork. Bravo to the NLAPW for featuring Diane’s beautiful artwork!