Diana Pendleton Wade was born in the midwest, lived and worked on the Gulf Coast of Texas for 30 years, and retired to Loveland, Colorado in 2001. A devoted wife, mom, grandmother, fiction writer and cat lover, she found the transition from working in the health care field to painting to be a natural process. A student of watercolor since 2003 and pastel since 2004, she finds the simple organic shapes of nature to be most inspiring. Recent forays into the world of mixed media and abstract art have also proven energizing for this artist who enjoys painting animals, still life and landscapes. She describes the seduction of working with pastels: "I love the feel of a buttery smooth pastel as I let it glide across the soft grit of a fresh and toothsome surface... begging to be filled with color and life."