Diane Best

FINE Artist-rattler ranch

 joshua tree, CA

Photos by Christopher Lawrence



Visual Artist

Born in Boston, Diane Best headed west as soon as she could. For more than 20 years, she has lived in Joshua Tree, California, where the high-desert wilderness speaks to her soul. Her artwork focuses on capturing the dramatic imagery of various desert landscapes, but she is finding that remoteness is getting more difficult to find in southern California. She is exploring deeper into the West.


Diane does not believe in absolutes, since her feelings, likes and dislikes change constantly, depending on her mood. However, she does have her favorites, ranging from filmmakers Terrence Malick, Ridley Scott and Wim Wenders, to authors Edward Abbey, Annie Proulx and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

With eclectic tastes in music, Diane is hesitant to name any favorite visual artists, since there are so many whose work she admires. Also, she is trying to forge her own path without being influenced by others, though she is acutely aware that their influences seep through to her.


Diane encourages all women “…to cast aside their fears and reasons not to do something that speaks to you, and to just dive in and do it. What is the worst that could happen? You might fail. So what! Pick yourself up . . . and on to the next adventure.”