We had the good fortune of connecting with Diane Stevens and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Diane, what principle do you value most?
I think the most important thing to me is to be as honest as I can when it comes to my creative vision. I’ve often looked at the works of others and admired their techniques and their creative originality but then when I try their style on it doesn’t seem to fit me because it is not me. I think the key is to find your own voice.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
To me the challenge of being an artist is to believe in yourself. It’s great if others love your art but that can’t be the reason you paint or make art. That is the biggest challenge in my opinion: the challenge of not letting others’ opinions influence your creative vision.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well I live in the Laguna Beach area of Southern California. There’s so much to do here I would need 15 pages to describe all the wonderful things there are to do here. Of course if you want to see the most beautiful restaurant go to Las Brisas. The views there are unparalleled. The restaurant called Broadway has amazing food and incredible Manhattans! Pick any beach and you are in heaven. Go for a walk along the backside of the Montage hotel and then go for a drink in the Montage hotel.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The artist who most influenced me is peggie Kroll Roberts. What I like about her is how down to earth and honest she is in her art and creativity. Also, her technique is gorgeous. Her brush strokes are fluid and intentional.