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This profile was last updated on 5/30/15  and contains information from public web pages.

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Puget Sound Sumi Artists

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  • Renton High School
  • teaching degree
    Central Washington College
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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.
Peninsula Art League ~ Classes and Workshops, 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
Sumi-e Painting Workshops -- on Bainbridge Island with PAL Member Darlene Dihel. Contact Darlene for information.
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.
Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
Sumi-e by Darlene Dihel Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association
Sumi-e - Darlene Dihel
(Photo courtesy of Darlene Dihel)
Sumi-e: Black Ink Painting.
SUMI-E, Japanese ink-brush painting has captured the heart and spirit of Darlene Dihel for over 40 years. The more she learns about painting SUMI the more evident it is that she'll always be a student.
(Photos Courtesy of Darlene Dihel)
Time spent in Darlene's studio escapes her as she studies and paints and prepares her work for shows, festivals, and workshops. She is an active member of Puget Sound Sumi Artists and also belongs to the Peninsula Art League in Gig Harbor.
Please visit Darlene's booth where she will have original sumi paintings for viewing and purchase as well as note cards, book marks, Asian birthday prints (the 12 animals), Zen Stones, and Zen Gardens.
Art Education, 1 Oct 2007 [cached]
SUMI PAINTING with Darlene Dihel
Darlene Dihel brings to the classroom many years of experience as both an artist and K thru 12 school teacher.All painting materials will be supplied for use in the class.12 students max.
SUMI PAINTING workshop with Darlene Dihel
Darlene Dihel will be presenting a one-day traditional sumi painting workshop with an added element - the merging of sumi techniques with a holiday theme.Sumi-e, in Japanese means, "ink painting".Traditionally black ink on white paper, simple, elegant and serene, representing not only a unique and beautiful form of art, but a philosophy as well.Simplicity is the most outstanding characteristic of Sumi-e in which an economy of brush strokes is used to communicate the essence of the subject.It is a style of painting from the heart - spontaneous, non-intellectual and in its essence having form, stroke, vitality, and rhythmic motion.
Darlene Dihel, a native Washingtonian, is an active member of the Puget Sound Sumi Artists.Examples of her work can be seen in the Coos Art Museum Rental-Sales Gallery.
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