Cote, Diane

Diane Cote is a visual artist and has always been inspired by Nature and Nova Scotia, which is certainly evident in her art.  She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and after living and traveling extensively within Canada, the US and Europe, she has returned to Atlantic Canada with an even greater appreciation of its unspoiled natural beauty.

Diane longs for the peace and solitude of the rural villages and coastal areas of Nova Scotia, where her heart has always been.  Although at home with a variety of mediums, scratchboard engraving, oils and pen & ink remain her favourites.

Now retired,  Diane is able to devote more time to her craft and is mainly self-taught.

Artist's Statement

At the age of 4, I put pencil to paper and started sketching anything and everything.  The pencil is an integral part of my artwork as I believe all good paintings start with an equally good sketch.

I've tried my hand with other media but found that oils were my choice of medium for many years until I had a wonderful opportunity to work and live in Germany for 3 years; which is where I am self-taught in the art of scratchboard engraving.  It has since been the medium I have specialized in and I will never lose my fascination with it.  It is amazing that a piece of art can quite literally be scratched into existence using hundreds and perhaps thousands of scratches.

It is so wonderful to now have the time to get back into my art after many years. I believe that art comes from the soul; may I present my spirit.