Diane Britton Dunham’s work has been recognized internationally as a genuine illustration of the history and traditions of African American southern culture for decades. Her art career began as a small child growing up in Ohio, but spending her summers and holidays in the south with her grandparents. Learning all the Folkways her elders could teach her, she was an adept student as she was fascinated by the stories they told her, and these subjects would later appear in so many of the paintings she was later destined to create.
Her paintings are well known because of their brilliant coloring, intricate human and landscape forms, and themes that represent life in South Carolina’s Low country region and the bayous of Louisiana. A self-taught mixed media artist and instructor, Dunham has received honors and awards from organizations like the Artisan Center, the Gullah Festival, and the Beaufort Art Association and others.
Diane’s artwork has been featured in many local, regional and national publications; Cover Pink Magazine, Several Covers of Lowcountry Weekly, poster art Southern Living Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Verve section for the Gullah Celebration poster, and Cover Scene Magazine, Front Page Beaufort Gazette, Beaufort Lifestyles magazine, The Hill Rag Washington DC, and many, many other national and international publications as far as Greece. Dunham has also been documented in reference books on Gullah art and African American Southern Culture.