Artist to Collect: Diane Howard Langlois
A Polarizing Woman
written by Lorie Lee Steiner
Drawing on artistic talent, a background in broadcast journalism and a doctorate in Communication Research, Diane Howard Langlois embraces her role as a social scientist to cast a poignant visual spotlight on the plight of animals and aboriginals in the remotest regions of the world. She feels that "we, as North Americans, are focused around the 49th parallel. I admire the Inuit for their philosophical way of living. Like most tribal communities, decision making is agreed upon by consensus, not individually. They do not regard material possessions the way we do, but believe the land belongs to their children and future generations. They have an inbred legacy of sustainability and living in harmony with the land." Growing up in Montreal with an English father and French mother, Diane’s life has evolved as a journey of double identity. She explains, "When I began my career as a painter, I decided to use my French maternal name of Diane Langlois as "Mon nom de peinture". It sounded more exotic than Dr. Diane Howard and has helped to shape a new persona within the world of art and travel. I suppose both are diametrically opposed to each other: one spontaneous, adventurous and the other responsible and pretty routinized." Diane recently married the two names together and is now known as Diane Howard Langlois. An ambitious scholar, Diane earned a Diploma of Social Studies (DCS) at Vanier College, a Bachelor's
left, A Matched Pair, South Georgia, acrylic and oil on canvas, 48" x 36" above, Hey Guys the Baby’s Coming, South Georgia, acrylic and oil on canvas, 48" x 48"