04 Oct Art as Soul Food
Diane Peebles’ art has graced the covers of sport-fishing magazines, numerous marine stamps and prints. She began painting at age 10 under the tutelage of prominent New Orleans landscape artists. After moving to St. Petersburg in 1982, she began a career as an illustrator, eventually specializing in fish illustrations using pen-and-ink and dry-brush watercolor.
By 1986, Diane began painting in oils again, balancing the disciplined regimen of scientific illustration with the freedom of painting. Her paintings and prints of estuary landscapes and fish can be found in Bonefish Grille restaurants across the country. “If you paint something that gets people excited, they want to take care of it,” says Diane, a life-long angler whose work has helped fund numerous marine protection efforts. Conservation is a passion she shares with her husband Ernst, a fisheries scientist at the University of South Florida.
“I’ve had people tell me they’ve had life situations when they’re feeling harried, and they look up on the wall at these paintings and feel a sense of peace and calm. That means so much on a personal level.”
Did you know? Snook are ambush predators that feed on small fish, shrimp and crabs in seagrasses, mangroves, and marshes, as well as artificial reefs, docks and bridges, in Tampa Bay.