Meet Our Instructors

DENISE LANGLOIS
Painting

She was born in Canada and she studied at the University of Quebec in Montreal and Eastern Michigan University. She has entered her work in juried shows and won recognition for her art. She exhibited her work for many years. Recently her work was chosen by the 2018 Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Contest to be on display for a year. She has been painting or over 45 years using a variety of mediums but oil paint it what is closest to her heart. She enjoys the discovery of what begins to appear on canvas, the mixing of colors and the smell of the oils. She uses a palette knife to apply her paint. She feels that painting is a form of meditation. Her emotions influence the colors. When she paints, time doesn’t exist, she is in a world of her own making and at peace. She wants to be able to share this feeling with others.

 


DIANE JOHNSON 
Pen and Ink Drawing 

Diana is a retired graphic designer. She moved to the Wake Forest area 8 years ago from Florida for the change of seasons and the proximity to the mountains and the coast which give her inspiration for her art. She remarried 5 years ago and lives with her husband and cherished beagle. She has a grown daughter who lives in the area. Her favorite medium is graphite pencil but her other mediums are colored pencil, ink and watercolor. Her favorite subjects are animals, nature especially trees. Most of her drawings of trees are a combination of the natural flow of nature and the influence Zen tangle. I love color in nature but sometimes it gets in the way of the inspiration or interruption that I try to infuse in my art so pen and ink or graphite pencil is a wonderful way to show textures, movement and feelings.