About Diane C. May

Meet Diane C. May

Diane Cruickshanks May

Diane May is a representational artist with a contemporary expressionist sensibility.  “My paintings celebrate what I find good and right in the world.”  Her work explores light and color in the landscape as well as in the constructed reality of the still life.   She paints on location and from life whenever possible.   When creating larger works in the studio, she references her ‘plein air’ paintings and outdoor sketches in order to maintain an authentic reaction to her original inspiration.




A Nashville resident, May is a founding member and a past president of The Chestnut Group, an organization of Tennessee-based artists celebrating and documenting endangered landscape and focusing on alla prima plein air painting. She is also a juried member and immediate past president of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, an associate member of Oil Painters of America, a member of the American Impressionist Society, and a member of Women Painters of the Southeast.

Recent shows/juried events 2012:

Callaway Plein Air, Callaway Garden, GA- Honorable Mention Quick Draw, Jean Stern judge

Forgotten Coast, Apalachicola Invitational

Cranford Plein Air, Cranford, NJ

Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD

Plein Air Vermont, North Bennington, VT Honorable Mention, Steve Doherty judge

Sonoma Plein Air Festival, Sonoma CA