Dianne Wilkins Burns grew up in Taunton, MA. She knew from an early age that she loved to draw and paint. As a young girl, she took art lessons with Donald Isaac and subsequently attended the New England School of Art in Boston. Although Dianne worked with many mediums in her early days, in time she came to favor oil painting.
One of the earliest art clubs that formed in our area was the Taunton Art Association, which brought in many artists of different mediums through their monthly demonstration meetings. One of these artists was the nationally known oil painter, Helen Van Wyk. Dianne spent many summer vacations in Rockport, MA attending the workshops offered by Ms. Van Wyk.
Dianne often paints en plein air with fellow TAA artists as well as with members of the Westport Art Group. In 2014, Dianne became a member of the Seekonk Artist Network. Most recently, Dianne became a member of ArtNight Bristol/Warren and attending many of the workshops they have offered.
In addition to showing her work at events sponsored by the SAN, Dianne has participated in the Thayer Street Festival in Providence. In 2016, she had a solo exhibit at the gallery at the River’s Edge Remax office in Bristol, RI. Her work has been exhibited in the Rogers Free Library, also in Bristol. She will again participate in this year’s SAN Open Studio event. She has won awards for her paintings in both oil and watercolor, and her photography has been published. Her work is in private collections in the USA and abroad. She lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts with her husband Kevin.