Diane Chaldares

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After spending most of her life going to school and then working as a dentist for thirty nine years, Diane was ready for a change.  She retired from private practice in 2018, deciding to devote more time to developing her art.  In 1992 the Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton Virginia was founded and Diane started attending classes and workshops on her day off from work. She studied plein air landscape painting with Ron Boehmer off and on for many years thereafter.  Diane paints mostly in oils but has dabbled in watercolor and pastel mediums.  Her subject matter includes landscapes, seascapes, animals in natural settings and still life.  She has displayed her art in shows at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Virginia and the Co Art Gallery in Staunton, Virginia.  


Diane enjoys any creative process as well as all outdoor activities. Sewing, knitting, cooking, gardening, golf, renovation projects and of course painting are just a few of the things that keep her busy



Diane and her husband Lou discovered Amelia Island quite by accident in the early 1980's.  They returned to the Island at least yearly for vacations and seminars always feeling that it was a one of a kind community.  In 2005 they bought a building lot with the hope of eventually retiring on Amelia Island Plantation .  They look forward to many more years of enjoying the beautiful beaches, golf, bicycling, and all the other things the Island has to offer, both tangible and intangible.  All the things that make it such a very special place to be.