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Diane Portwood is a twenty-one-year-old self taught mixed media artist and environmental engineering student known for depicting life in the 'information age' in her compelling urban contemporary style. Her paintings consist of watercolor and acrylic between layers of resin to give her two-dimensional work a feeling of greater depth. Using bold colors and engaging graffiti backgrounds, Diane is able to depict the shortcomings of modern social constructs while also showing hope for the future in a delicate balance of optimism and cynicism. Diane draws from her experiences in male dominated fields like her engineering background and experience as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor to embrace the strength within femininity in her works.