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Diane VersteegDiane Versteeg   BSc, SAA, AFC, ISSA Diane Versteeg
Animals in Scratchboard
I love animals and have been drawing them since I was a child. I graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, in preparation for a career working with animals. Since then I have worked as an animal keeper in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and animal shelters for over 40 years, doing art in my free time.

Originally I worked in acrylics, pencil, and pen & ink but in the early 80's I saw the wonderful art of Mel Dobson and was inspired to try scratchboard. I found my niche and eventually began to exhibit my work in professional art shows.

Although I've been fortunate enough to travel and observe many species in the wild, most of the animals I draw are individuals I have worked with in captive situations.

With my art I portray each animal's personality in addition to the strength, grace, and innocence they share with their wild cousins. I hope my art shows my love and respect for animals and the natural world and encourages others to feel the same way toward the non-humans of this planet.

Support for Conservation:

Defenders of Wildlife

Nature Conservancy

Snow Leopard Trust

Sierra Club

Special Achievements:
  • 2019 - Wolf Awareness Week Poster

  • 2005 - Featured Artist- Wildlife Art Festival
    23nd Annual Wildlife Art Festival
    San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA
    November 17-20, 2005
  • 2004 - Wolf Awareness Week Poster

  • Juried and International Competitions
    The Society of Animal Artists 52nd Annual Exhibition, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ.

    The International Society of Scratchboard Artists 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Glen Ellen, CA.

    Society of Animal Artists' 50th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA.

    The Society of Animal Artists' 49th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, The Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina, KS

    The Art of Conservation - 2009 Exhibition of Nature in Art, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, N.J.

    Paws and Reflect: Art of Canines, a traveling museum exhibition 2007-2010.

    “Endangered Species: Flora and Fauna in Peril,” Wildling Art Museum, Los Olivos, California

    “The Art of Conservation - An International Exhibition of Nature in Art,” Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, N.J.

    Society of Animal Artists' 48th Annual “Art and the Animal” Exhibition, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    The Society of Animal Artists' 47th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition and National Tour, The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colorado.

  • Art Journey Animals - A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks (2016)
    Author: Jamie Markle
    Published by: F&W Media Inc
  • Strokes of Genius 3 - The Best of Drawing: Fresh Perspectives (2011)
    Author: Rachel Rubin Wolf
    Published by: North Light Books
  • Shamanic Wisdom II, The Way of the Animal Spirits (1994)
    Illustrator - 
    Author: Dolfyn & Swimming Wolf
    Published by: Earthspirit, Inc.
  • Strokes of Genius 4 - The Best of Drawing: Exploring Line (2012) 
    Author: Rachel Rubin Wolf
    Published by: North Light Books
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Spokane Valley, WA
USA 99037
Tel: 509-990-8542
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Email: diane@redlynxart.com
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