Diane Stapleton

Abstract Painter

I received my BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Denver, and went on to earn an MFA in Scenic Design from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.  That foundation gave me a wonderful career in design. I became an associate designer on the world tour of Phantom of the Opera, a handful of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions. My design journey also included themed attractions, television, film, and interior design. 

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About Me

Exploring experimenting, getting my hands dirty, and making big messes that magically turn into meaningful artwork, that’s what lights me up. Even through the frustration of working through and accepting the first stages of what seems like the ugliest thing on the planet, it’s important to trust the process and move forward.

A few years ago I took a leap of faith and embraced the uncertainty and adventure of abstract art. It’s important to me that my process be a mirror of life in general — unpredictable, uncertain but always moving forward, everything amounting to that which is beneficial for life and work. Most of my work is inspired by the seemingly mundane aspects of things we are very familiar with — lines painted in the street, cracks in parking lots, surfaces that are often rough, gritty. My work begins with the simplicity of what catches my eye. In the beginning I don’t always know why. That works itself out as a painting develops. By the time a painting is done, it’s rolled around in my mind and polished itself into a statement that means something to me, and may provoke a line of questioning by the viewer.

I have made many really terrible paintings and painted over them in order to ge to the work that can come only from me. Gradually, and with a lot of coaxing, the work shifts before my eyes into something that makes me feel like I have created something that someone else might find beautiful, intriguing and meaningful.


BFA University of Denver


MFA New York University Tisch School of The Arts
Fellowship Student, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Studio Artist in Residence, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL



Greg Kreutz, Steve Rodgers, Michael Story, Patricia Byron, Nicholas Wilton, Noreen Coop, Joe Mattus, Cold Wax Academy with Jerry McLaughlin and Rebecca Crowell, Creative Visionary Program 2020 and 2021 with Nicholas Wilton


Phantom of the Opera
1988 – 1989
Universal Studios
1989 – 1990
1990 – 1993

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