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BY DAN CRAIG ARTFULLY yours American Impressionism With A Modern Twist M organ Hill artist Diane Wallace creates brilliant oil and watercolor paintings, having formally trained in her craft for many years in higher education and under the tutelage of many nationally renowned artists including American water-colorists Don Edwards and Tom Hill. She has a passion for plein-air painting, inspired by the “smells, sights and sounds” of the outdoors. Born the third in a family of seven children in Burlingame, 76 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN California, Wallace started sketching when she was two and began painting when she was five years old. She grew up on a hilltop spread overlooking Uvas Reservoir that she calls home to this day. The five-acre parcel has several structures including her residence, studio and art school that she shares with a muster of wild peacocks that sound off at the sight of visitors. Her art classes provide instruction in a wide range of techniques, presenting many options to her students who JUNE/JULY 2018