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This profile was last updated on 7/30/15  and contains information from public web pages.


Phone: (253) ***-****  
Peninsula Art League
P.O. Box 1422
Gig Harbor , Washington 98335
United States

Company Description: An organization of Gig Harbor and Peninsula area artists dedicated to the arts. The group represents Northwest artists who paint, sculpt, draw and create art. PAL...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Active Member
    Puget Sound Sumi Artists


  • Renton High School
  • teaching degree
    Central Washington College
21 Total References
Web References
Peninsula Art League ~ Classes and Workshops, 30 July 2015 [cached]
Sumi-e Painting Workshops -- on Bainbridge Island with PAL Member Darlene Dihel. Contact Darlene for information.
The City of Enumclaw’s Gallery ..., 30 May 2015 [cached]
The City of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2014 presents: Darlene Dihel: SUMI-E Artist Essence | Read Full Entry The City of Enumclaw's Gallery 2014 presents: Darlene Dihel: SUMI-E Artist Essence | Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce
The City of Enumclaw's Gallery 2014 presents: Darlene Dihel: SUMI-E Artist Essence
Darlene Dihel, SUMI-E artist, has studied this ancient art for several decades, teaching herself by studying books from the masters as there were no sumi teachers in places where she lived. She was born in Seattle, graduated from Renton High School and received a teaching degree from Central Washington College. Teaching school on Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific was the highlight of her career. Coming full circle, Darlene moved to Gig Harbor in 1998. She joined the prestigious group called Puget Sound Sumi Artists (PSSA) and has been an active member ever since. One of her goals is to share this beautiful, Japanese art with others. Participating in local festivals, teaching classes and workshops, and doing demonstrations are ways that she shares.
Darlene Dihel ... [cached]
Darlene Dihel (Sumi-e) Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association
Sumi-e - Darlene Dihel
Darlene Dihel
(Photos courtesy of Darlene Dihel)
Darlene is an artist of Sumi-e, Japanese Ink-Brush Painting. She has been a self taught artist since being introduced to the art culture of Japan in the late 60s. Upon retiring, she moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1998 and has been an active member of the Puget Sound Sumi Artists, taking advantage of the group's master teachers. She has an active schedule teaching classes of all ages, participating in festivals and group exhibits, having solo shows, and giving demonstrations. Her goal is to grow as an artist knowing that she'll always be a student striving to let the inner spirit explode.
Born in Seattle, WA, Darlene attended schools in Renton, and graduated from Central Washington College with a degree in education and art. She married and raised two children. Her career as a teacher included schools in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Florida, Guam in the Marianas Islands, and Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands (17 years).
SUMI-E painting by Darlene Dihel Tel: 253-857-9038 Email:
Darlene ..., 8 Sept 2012 [cached]
Darlene Dihel Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association
Sumi-e - Darlene Dihel
(Photo courtesy of Darlene Dihel)
Sumi-e: Black Ink Painting.
Before Darlene discovered sumi, she attended Central Washington College to study education and discovered a talent in art. The abstract expressionist era pre-dominated the arts at that time. She experimented with different media, but favored the spontaneity of water-based paints. Through the years she has painted with acrylics and watercolors, but eventually returned to her passion - sumi-e.
At the present time, Darlene still studies the traditional Japanese sumi painting, but adds Asian watercolors. In the last few years she has added collage to her work as well as approaching her paintings in an abstract style to which she worked in earlier years.
Since sumi painting is not well-known in the Western world, Darlene's mission is to promote an awareness and understanding of sumi-e. She enters shows, teaches children and adult workshops, participates in festivals, and does demonstrations. She has won several awards including Best of Show at Seattle's Convention Center.
Darlene's journey as a sumi artist is passionate as she experiments with the black ink, watercolors, and collage materials in an innovative direction.
Darlene Dihel - (253) ..., 5 May 2007 [cached]
Darlene Dihel - (253) 857-9038 or email
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