Watercolor painting of a dramatic theater building facade
Dianna Porter, “Dramatic Façade,” 19 x 25 in., watercolor, 2018
Classroom, studio, and gallery combined for PortalUnlimited, owned and operated by Dianna Porter in Bargersville, Indiana. “It’s where I work and play,” says Dianna.

 How did you get started and then develop your career?

Dianna Porter: When I showed interest in art as a youngster, my parents encouraged me and nudged me in the direction of the arts. Music, dance, and art were a big part of growing up for me. After high school I attended art school, Kendall School of Art in Michigan, to become an illustrator. I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where I was hired at an art studio as an illustrator creating art for local and national ad campaigns. Back then, illustrations were more prevalent than photographs in advertising. It was during this time that I really began developing my artistic style even though I was expected to be able to create work in several mediums…watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oil, pen, and ink, etc. I studied the work of the great illustrators and used what I learned in my work and in my fine art to be able to do that.

My life changed drastically when I got married and had children. My focus changed, and I slowly eased into fine art. As photography gradually took over most advertising and later the same with computers, I was honing skills a fine artist, and I painted or drew every chance I got. I now own my own fine art studio where I work on painting or teaching every day.

How do you describe success?

It’s odd…success. I think as artists we are never satisfied and never done so success is somewhat illusive. As we grow and develop as artists, we want to grow further, get better, and learn more so we are constantly changing. I guess for me success is reaching someone through my art, inspiring a student, or making a client happy.

How do you find inspiration?

Finding Inspiration is easy. I have lists of painting ideas! I’m inspired by watching artists who are risk-takers and brave. I love when an artist is fearless and breaks the rules successfully. I find inspiration in artists that do not paint or draw the same thing or the same way all the time. I find inspiration in watching light, watching people, and in watching nature. I can’t stop finding inspiration.

What is the best thing about being an artist?

The best thing is that as an artist you are never bored. There is always something to create!

Watercolor painting of a young girl
Dianna Porter, “Savannah, 18×20, transparent watercolor, 2021
Watercolor painting of a little girl making an entrance walking in a door
Dianna Porter, “Making an Entrance,” 22 x 28 in., transparent watercolor, 2019
Watercolor painting of the Madam Walker Theater building
Dianna Porter, “Madam Walker Theater,” 20 x 16 in., transparent watercolor, 2019
Watercolor painting of sunflowers in a field
Dianna Porter, “Sundrenched,” 14 x 20 in., transparent watercolor, 2019

To see more of Dianna’s work, visit: www.portalunlimited.com

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