Long time Isles of Capri resident Diane Reed Eiler has established her reputation for vibrant watercolors, stunning acrylics and beautifully created oil paintings. Recently, at the beautiful home of JR Rognrud, a showing of Eiler’s work was displayed in a gallery setting overlooking wide expanses of blue Gulf water from the second floor of his newly constructed home on Capri. Attendees sipped beverages and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while strolling and debating which artwork would go home with them.
It was difficult for invitees to decide which pieces filled the niche in their hearts for most were beautifully framed and presented. There were some oils paintings on canvas that didn’t need frames; they were elegant in their simplicity.
The large format paintings of water and waves were especially captivating in that waterfront setting with the reflections of aqua water bouncing off the glass-framed watercolors, uniting the creative medium with the nature outdoors.
Other paintings captured the serenity of lily ponds, a quiet forest, a peaceful scene in a boat with man and his dog, a field of daisies so prolific that they’ve grown out of the surrounding mat and modernistic reflections off the water with mangroves buffering the horizon. Sigh. Decisions, decisions. I am the proud owner of an original Eiler, but I crave more.
At this private viewing her paintings ranged in price from $100 for a beautiful still life of pears (which I just missed purchasing) to stunning visages of waves that crashed into the subconscious minds of the sea-farers for up to $2,000. Each was priced fairly and many sold on
Eileen Pearson was one of the many attendees, looking for another Eiler to add to her collection of 12+ paintings. She also takes private lessons in Eiler’s studio and was joyfully forthcoming about her support for the artist.
“She’s so talented. When you come to her studio to work, she always tells you about the things you did right while you’re painting; it’s never about her. She is egoless,” Eileen said.
Now that’s a recommendation I would take to the “creativity” bank. Eileen has sponsored two shows in her home for Eiler to enable her to find bigger audiences to showcase her talent. RJ Rognrud did the same.
Eiler raised three sons with her husband David, who passed away several years ago. She thrives by giving private or semi-private art lessons and teaching classes at the Marco Island Art League and Naples Art Association. Her semi-private lessons usually have two to three budding artists and the private lessons can be four to six hours per week for one person in her studio or in your home. Check out her website at ReedEiler.com for more information and the motivation to pursue your own creativity.
Jory Westberry has been a dedicated educator for over 40 years, the last 14 as Principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary, where she left her heart. Life is rich with things to learn, ponder and enjoy so let’s get on with the journey together!