DIANE R. WEINER, the daughter of a kosher butcher, has always harbored an enormous fascination with cows. To her, they represent a way of life that is rapidly vanishing in America. This nostalgia has culminated in a group of oil paintings spanning almost two decades that study the emotional lives of bovines. Her exploration of the subject runs the gamut from the traditional pastoral grazing scenes to closely cropped portraits to depictions of individual body parts like a soulful eye. Her greatest satisfaction comes when a viewer responds viscerally to a painting.
Weiner began her career in New York and Maryland, but gained the majority of her experience teaching art and photography for thirteen years in Fairfax County, Virginia public schools. Today she devotes her time exclusively to making and exhibiting her art. She has shown in galleries throughout Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, DC and New Mexico and her work is in private domestic and international collections. She has won numerous awards including the Urguhart Award for Best in Show at the Art League Gallery of Northern Virginia. She was also the featured artist at the Frederick Art Festival and has appeared in articles in magazines and newspapers including The Washington Post, where her solo show was highlighted as a Best Pick. She accepts commissions and is always scouting new locations in the beautiful Virginia countryside to paint her cows. [www.dianerweiner.com]