Diane Paton Peel was born in Seattle, Washington. Her early years were spent in Stehekin, Washington at the head of lake Chelan where she attended the old Stehekin School, a one-room log school house.
After several years in Alaska, she moved to Whitehorse in the Yukon for 25 years, painting in oils wilderness landscapes, the northern lights and the wildflower fireweed. Her greatest source of inspiration we're told, came from walking in the woods looking at nature first hand, sometimes painting on location.
“My art is a celebration of nature,” she says.
Diane’s work was on display at the Yukon Pavilion at Vancouver at Expo ‘86 and is in the collections of the Yukon Territorial Government, City of Whitehorse, Andrew Phillipsen Law Center and Yukon College.