Artist to Col­lect: Diane Howard Lan­glois

Arabella - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - writ­ten by Lorie Lee Steiner

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"

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