Curiosity is the force that has driven Diane Keeler all her life. Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1950 to parents that nurtured this curiosity. "When I was growing up, my parents were always doing something, always trying a new hobby or pursuing a new interest. They encouraged all five of us girls to do the same thing. "Diane reflects when asked about the source of her curiosity. "We never heard the words 'You can't do that'."
In 1987, while engaged in her then current passion of miniatures, she discovered polymer clay. This was it: she knew immediately, the medium she had been searching for Diane immersed herself in her "new" passion. Even though she had never sculpted before, the faces came relatively easy, right from the beginning.
Diane honed her skills, and in 1990 started doing art shows with all polymer clay figures. Gradually she started winning awards for best of show and best sculptor. As she began including one-of-a-kind dolls into her stock, they sold. Galleries started calling her asking to purchase dolls from her.
In the spring of 1994, Diane became a full time artist and in 1998 another facet immeraged; she began to teach live workshops and 2010 teaching online classes. This added a whole new dimension to her and "has made me a better artist".
2001 elected into NIADA
2002 elected into ODACA
Her philoshophy is to keep searching and learning. In doing so, she helps to promote the doll as an accepted art form.
Diane Keeler, NIADA Artist (Polymer)