Magazine article Southwest Art

Diana Madaras

Magazine article Southwest Art

Diana Madaras

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DIANA MADARAS first found art while filling an elective requirement in high school. She then earned her master's degree in biomechanics from the University of Arizona and ran her own sports marketing company in Tucson for 18 years. Then a local professor noticed her work and invited her to join a monthlong painting retreat to Greece in 1993, which changed her life. "I was so euphoric to paint that I couldn't wait to get up in the morning, and I had this vision that I wanted to be a professional artist," she says. "When I got off the plane in Athens my world was black and white, and when I got on the plane home a month later I saw things differently-I was living in a world of color." After returning from Greece she sold her company and transitioned to being a full-time artist. …

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