Diane Rappisi is a contemporary realist painter whose work fuses the light and chroma of the Cape Cod colorists with the form and structure of the traditional Italian and French academies. She works in oil, pastel, charcoal, and graphite.

Diane is a member of the IAPS Masters Circle and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).  She also holds memberships in the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY, the Oil Painters of America, and the Pastel Society of Colorado.  Her work resides in numerous private and public collections across the country, and selected pieces have been published for the National Park Service in Glen Echo, MD. Diane's recent honors include "Best of Show' at the Pastel Society of Colorado's Mile High Juried International Exhibition, as well as awards from the International Association of Pastel Societies' 22nd Annual Exhibition in Albuquerque, NM, and the Pastel Society of America's 40th Annual Exhibition in New York City. She received an invitation to exhibit at The Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, OH. She has participated in national and international group shows at  Arte et Amicitae in Amsterdam; the National Arts Club in New York;  S.R.Brennen Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico;  The Union League in Philadelphia, PA;  Kiley Court Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts;  Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado;  Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming;  as well as exhibitions in Connecticut, Ohio, Texas and New Jersey . Her work was featured in the December 2014 issue of Pastel Journal. 

Diane trained in Philadelphia, PA, in the full-time Professional Program at the innovative Studio Incamminati which was founded by renowned artist Nelson Shanks. While Diane is originally from New Jersey, she has resided and taught in  Massachusetts, Colorado, and Texas. While living in Colorado,  she owned and operated a studio, "The Atelier at Castle Rock," where she painted regularly and offered private and group instruction.

Diane has settled down with her husband in eastern Maryland. She opened a studio in Chestertown, Diane Rappisi Fine Arts, where s
he now paints, teaches and exhibits in her studio and offers workshops on location. Recent workshop venues include the 2017 International Association of Pastel Societies annual convention in Albuquerque NM, and a 10-city workshop tour through the south island of New Zealand and various locations in Australia. For information about commissioning an art work or hosting a workshop at your location, please contact Diane at [email protected].


2019    “Portrait & Figure” Category Judge                 Pastel Top 100, Pastel Journal, OH

2018    Juror & Judge, “Art of the Pastel” National    Pastel Society of Southeast Texas, Houston, TX

2018    Juror, Judge, Workshop & Demo                    Pastel Society of the Southwest, Grapevine, TX

2017    Juror, “Pastelworld” International Exhibition IAPS, Albuquerque, NM

2017    Juror, “Purely Pastel” Juried Member Exhib.   Connecticut Pastel Society, CT                                   

2013    Juror, IAPS Annual Online Exhibition

2013    Juror, “National Arts Program, Front Range”  Castle Rock, CO

& 2012

2013    Juror, “Focus on Figures”                                North River Arts Society, Marshfield Hills, MA

2013    Juror, “Romancing the Arts”                           Greater Castle Rock Art Guild, Castle Rock, CO




2019    “Pure Pastel: Contemporary Works by Today's Top Artists.”  Hardcover. Anne Hevener, Editor.

2019    “Pastel 100” Juror comments. Pastel Journal. April 2019.

2019    “Pastel World 2019.” Pastel Journal. Oct. 2019          

2014    “Understated Elegance” Feature Article. Pastel Journal. Dec 2014

2014    “Vibrant Color.” Artists Network. https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-mediums/pastel/rappisi-still-life-painting/  



EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS    (* denotes award received)

2019* Shades of Pastel, Maryland Pastel Society, The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

2017  "Nelson Shanks and His Influence Past, Present & Future," Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017   International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

2017   "Faces & Places" 2-person exhibition, Creekside Cellars, Evergreen, CO

2017   International Association of Pastel Societies 31st Annual Exhibition, online, www.iapspastel.org

2017  Juror: Connecticut Pastel Society Purely Pastel Exhibition, International Association of Pastel Societies 30th Juried Exhibition

2016,* 2015 & 2012*    "Enduring Brilliance," Pastel Society of America Annual Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY

2016,*  2015,* 2014 & 2013 "Mile-High International Juried Exhibition", Pastel Society of Colorado, Denver & Grand Junction, CO

2016    Governor's Invitational Art Show and Sale, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO

2016   International Society of Pastel Artists Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2015*   Pastel Society of the Southwest National Juried Exhibition, Grapevine, TX

2015    Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Brilliance in Color Gallery, St. Augustine, FL

2015 & 2013*    "Pastelworld" International Association of Pastel Societies Biennial Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

2014    Plein Air Artists of Colorado Annual Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2014    "Western Spirit Art Show, " Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museuem, Cheyenne, WY

2014    "Pastel Society of Colorado Annual Members Show," Montrose, CO

2013    "Pastel Society of America Invitational Exhibition" The Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, OH

2013    “Nelson Shanks and the Teaching Artists of Studio Incamminati,”  National Arts Club, New York, NY

2013, 2011* & 2010*      Academic Artists Association Annual National Exhibition, Springfield, MA  

2012     The Artists of Studio Incamminati Exhibition, Freeman's Auctioneers & Appraisers, Philadelphia, PA

2012     Pastel Society of the Southwest 31st Annual Juried Show, Charles W. Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX

2012     Third Annual Sylvia Glesmann Floral Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2012 & 2010*   North River Arts Society Annual Members Show, Marshfield, MA (* Best in Show)

2011      The American Artists' Professional League 83rd Annual Grand Exhibition, New York, NY

2011 & 2010    Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY

2011     American Landscape Exhibition, Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011     Artists of New Bedford Open Studios, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA

2011    "Summer Potpourri," Salmagundi Club, New York, NY 

2011      "Nude," Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 



Master Circle (2017), International Association of Pastel Societies

Pastel Society of America, Signature Member

Oil Painters of America

Salmagundi Club

Maryland Pastel Society

Pastel Society of Colorado