about the artist
Photography is my “second career” and passion after many years working as a research psychologist and educational consultant. My work includes conceptual landscapes, people and the places they inhabit, architecture, and travel. I view my photographs as abstractions of something seen and something felt at a particular time in my life—a visual diary of ideas, moods, and the world as I experience it. All of the images I create are, in a sense, self-portraits.
Natural landscapes inspire me as both quiet and dramatic places of refuge where I feel grounded and whole. The beautiful natural landscapes of the Western United States and elsewhere bring out my most spiritual self. People and the environments they build and create are another landscape that interests me given my background as an organizational psychologist. Human landscapes have social and cultural meaning showing us who we are and where we came from. Whether photographing landscapes, people, or places I approach my work through an artistic rather than strictly documentary lens.
I am a self-taught photographic artist and am thankful for the teachers, mentors, and muses I have had the pleasure to work with along the way. My work has been exhibited in group shows in galleries throughout the Northwest, the greater United States, and Europe. I make my own fine art prints that are available for sale.
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.
- Diane Arbuis
1172 NW Weybridge Way
Beaverton, OR 97006
1973 B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana IL
1975 M.S. Psychology, Portland State University, Portland, OR
1990 PhD. Organizational Psychology, Claremont Graduate Univ., Claremont, CA
Juried Group Exhibitions
PhotoPlace Gallery, Travel: Faces and Places, November 2018, Middlebury, Vermont
Blank Wall Gallery, Street Photography, January 2018, Athens, Greece
Southeast Center for Photography, Landscape, Grand or Personal, September 2017, Greenville, South Carolina
LightBox Photographic Gallery, PDX30, April 2017, Astoria, Oregon
Black Box Gallery, Portraiture: Photography Now, on-line exhibitions; September 2016; August 2015, Portland, Oregon
Newspace Center for Photography, Member’s Salon; October 2015, 2014, 2013, Portland, Oregon
Concordia University, Libraries’ Art and Culture Program, Uniquely Oregon: A Visual Exploration, July 2015, Portland, Oregon
Light Box Photographic Gallery, Forty Portland Photographers, April 2014, Portland, Oregon
Black Box Gallery, Journeys: Travel Photography, December 2013, Portland, Oregon
Work Experience Outside of Photography
Senior Program Director/Senior Researcher
Center for School and District Improvement
1993 to 2011
· developed innovative educational programs
· management of a 20-member work team of trainers, researchers, and service providers
· principal investigator for studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education
· Published research studies in educational and scientific journals