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Diane Bay


Diane Bay

I have been creative all my life. I first started thinking of myself as an artist in third grade, when I drew a portrait of my sister. I have worked in just about every media; I spent more than a decade as a pastel artist, several years dabbling in watercolor, clay, graphite pencil, and alcohol ink. Now I am concentrating on oils. I love plein-air painting, and I love that oil painting has a rich and centuries-long history. I will always have more to learn!

I’ve learned through workshops, webinars and videos, including Zoom-based Atelier classes with Gayle Levée. I’ve won some awards, including Second Place Professional, in the Paducah Woman’s Club Art Show 2023; and Second Place, Painting, in the juried Murray Art Guild Visual Evidence Show, 2022.

I have an Associate of Arts degree from the College of DuPage in Illinois. I have also authored a memoir about finding my famous birth mother, the 1970s actress, Karen Black. I currently live in Benton, KY. My husband, Rich, and I, have three adult sons and four grandchildren.

 Just the Two of Us
14×11 Oil

Secret Canyon Falls
6×8 Oil

12×9 Oil

Morning Sun
5×7 Oil

Last Light, New Harmony Barn
18×14 Oil


124 Broadway St
Paducah, KY 42001, USA
(270) 575-3544

Open Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Other times by appointment only.
Call (270) 519-3198 for appt.