Diane Best was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied in the San Francisco area (Stanford University, San Francisco Art Institute), before moving south to Los Angeles. There, she did commercial artwork for the entertainment industry and commissioned portraits, while pursuing and showing her original work.
The high desert wilderness was her home for 8 years, where she worked freelance for Los Angeles animation studios (background
painting) , but over time shifted the focus of her talent to capturing the intense drama of the desert landscape that surrounded her. Now living in Joshua Tree, California, Diane has focused her talent exclusively on capturing the dramatic imagery of various desert landscapes. “Seeking more and more remote, uninhabited and overlooked corners of the desert, I am interested in
preserving or recording a single incredible moment of converging light and landscape while enjoying the space, beauty and quietness of the desert,”
“It also never ceases to amaze me that, as heavily populated and built up as Southern California is, that there still
remain these vast areas of open wilderness and desert where you can drive miles and miles of dirt roads, and see no one for days, if you choose not to. The importance of keeping this kind of experience (of being alone, in a meditative state, in unpopulated oceans of desert, actually being able to see and ride ‘off
into the distance’) protected and available to the public is an overriding motivation for me in my work – hoping to convey a sense of this to those not living in the middle of it.”