Mary Lou Carlomusto Diekmann portrait landscape artist oil painterI’ve been an ‘artist’ most of my life even when I was busy being a speech therapist and mother. At a very young age I was lucky enough to have the well known New York painter Elinore Schnurr as a mentor and teacher. She helped ignite the spark that’s driven my creative spirit my entire life.

After high school, I attended the University of Rhode Island on a music scholarship and earned my spending money as a portrait artist – and even painted a VW bus for a local band. Shortly after graduating I became co-owner of award winning Scituate Potters in Rhode Island where I also worked as designer, potter and instructor.

In the 1980’s I moved to the seaside in Rhode Island and began painting landscapes of Narragansett Bay and surrounding beaches. To this day, I am inspired by the natural beauty of the area. Many of my more recent beach scenes can be seen on this site under ‘Landscapes’.

At that time I found a new creative outlet in a line of sculptural jewelry that incorporated pottery, fabric and semi-precious stones into broaches, pins and hats vibrant with impressionistic colors and heirloom mementos. These pieces have been displayed and sold in galleries in Manhattan, San Francisco and Rhode Island.

In recent years I’ve been fortunate enough to travel this country as well as Europe to paint some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Among my favorites are the lakes and ponds of the Adirondacks, beaches in Maui, the northern California coast and the deserts of Arizona.

I have continued my successful portrait painting business since college. Besides more traditional portraits I now paint what I call ‘vacation portraits’. They are hard to describe so take a look under the Portraits section and you’ll quickly understand what they are about. I’ve also started a portrait themed series of paintings which I call ‘The Ladies’ based on early 20th century photos of my grandmother and her friends.

I’m pleased to say that my work has been displayed and sold in numerous juried shows, winning a fair share of critical acclaim and praise. I feel fortunate that my portraits and landscapes now hang in homes and boardrooms around the country.

I’d love to hear what you think of my work. Just send me an email via the ‘CONTACT’ link. Thanks for visiting!