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"In this time of pandemic, nature knows nothing is wrong. Creation of art gives both the artist and the viewer a moment of beauty, and a place for the mind to rest.” Diana Madaras

To inquire about purchasing a painting, please call the Gallery at (520) 615-3001. 

Watch a short video about Diana’s work at the end of this page.

Front of Osa by Diana Madaras

Front of Osa

Watercolor | Image size- 9 x 11” |  Framed size- 17 x 19" | Price: $1,450

If I crave respite, my favorite retreat lately is Rancho de la Osa in Sasabe, Arizona. This building was constructed in the 1800's and houses the dining room and office. The “Osa” series now includes seven paintings from the ranch.


Safeway Sunflowers by Diana Madaras

Safeway Sunflowers

Pastel | Image size- 8.5 x 11” |  Framed size- 20 x 23" | Price: $1,250

While shopping in the grocery store, I noticed a little bouquet of sunflowers in a pretty, angular glass vase.  I applied pastels to a sheet of hunter green paper made especially for the medium, and let the color of the paper show through as the background.

Heartland Triptych by Diana Madaras

Heartland Triptych

Acrylic |  Image size- 16 x 20" (each panel) |  Framed size- 25 x 28” (each panel)  |  Price: $8,500

This three-paneled painting (triptych) is a combination of desert scenes from the Santa Catalina mountains and the Tucson Mountains. I used a brush and then a palette knife to build up the texture on the canvas. When the viewer wanders through this tranquil desert scene, hopefully they will experience a few moments of respite. The name of the painting has two meanings for me:  After living in Tucson for more than 40 years, the desert truly is my “heartland;” and, while I painted this, I listened to the 13-season odyssey on Netflix called “Heartland.”

Still Life for Joan by Diana Madaras

Still Life for Joan

Acrylic/ Watercolor | Image size- 16 x 20”  | Price: $2,800

This painting was created to celebrate 11 years of friendship with Joan West. Her vitality, intelligence and wisdom are a continual source of inspiration for me.

Bullwinkle by Diana Madaras


Watercolor on Yupo | Image size- 20 x 24” |  Framed size- 32 x 38 | Price: $5,200

Bullwinkle is the 32nd spirit animal I have painted in the series. I do not decide in advance what colors I will use on the animal’s body, I just let it flow and that becomes the creative journey. I particularly like the color mixing in this painting, and the expression on his face.

Joyful Flowers by Diana Madaras

Joyful Flowers

Acrylic/ Watercolor on Box | Image size- 16 x 20” | Price: $2,500

Nature does not know anything is askew in our upside-down world right now. This scene was painted to express the pure joy I feel simply by appreciating the beauty of flowers in my studio, despite the heavy weight of the pandemic.

Motmot by Diana Madaras


Acrylic| Image size- 9 x 12” |  Framed size- 15 x 17.5”  | Price: $1,450

I am amazed at the variety of colors in the feathers of birds from around the world. This handsome, blue-crowned motmot lives in Mexico, Central and South America, as well as the Reid Park Zoo.

Rob's Quail by Diana Madaras

Rob's Quail

Acrylic| Image size- 9 x 12” |  Framed size- 15 x 18” | Price: $1,450

Thanks, one more time, to Rob Boone for this wonderful photo inspiration of a Gamble’s Quail. He looks regal as he perches on his rock to survey his kingdom.

Gallop at Dawn by Diana Madaras

Gallop at Dawn

Pastel/ Watercolor | Image size- 12 x 16” |  Framed size- 22 x 25”  | Price: $1,800

At White Stallion Ranch, I saw a horse gallop in the desert at sunrise. The sun illuminated the fine veil of dust surrounding him, and he looked magical.  

The Falcon by Diana Madaras

The Falcon

Pastel| Image size- 13 x 13” |  Framed size- 21 x 21”  | Price: $2,500

This majestic bird was injured and brought to Tucson Wildlife Center for rehabilitation. The flight cage at the Center allows birds of prey to “practice” flying as they recover and strengthen their wing muscles. The abstract shapes in the piece were inspired by the patterns on his wings and body.

Mapenzi Original by Diana Madaras


Acrylic | Image size- 9 x 12” |  Framed size- 13 x 17” | Price: $2,500

This elephant is the second baby born to Semba at the Reid Park Zoo. I also have painted her sister, Nandi, as part of a fundraiser for the elephant exhibit. Fifty percent of the proceeds from this painting will be donated to the zoo, as well as half the proceeds from the sale of ornaments and mini canvases.

Best Present Ever by Diana Madaras

Best Present Ever

Watercolor | Image size- 11.5 x 15.5” |  Framed size- 21 x 25” | Price: $1,450

This painting is about the joy animals bring into our lives. What better present to find under the Christmas tree than two loving pets.

My Forever Home by Diana Madaras

My Forever Home 

Pastel/ Watercolor | Image size- 9 x 12” |  Framed size- 19 x 22” | Price: $2,500

This painting was created as part of a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. So many charities have suffered after being forced to cancel their galas, and this was one small way I could help. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of this original painting will be donated to HSSA. "My Forever Home" ornaments and holiday cards will also benefit the organization.

Scott's Gate by Diana Madaras

Scott's Gate

Acrylic | Image size- 24 x 30” |  Framed size- 29 x 35” | Price: $4,200

One of the many things I love about the Southwest is the myriad of gate scenes. This painting was inspired by a gate I saw at a private home in Tucson where a fundraiser was held.  

Flowerscape by Diana Madaras


Acrylic | Image size- 30 x 40” |  Framed size- 39 x 46” | Price: $8,000

Inspired by fellow gallery artist Bruce Marion, I brought out my palette knife and scraper and had total fun painting this joyful, abstract floral.

Wall of Prickly Pear by Diana Madaras

Wall of Prickly Pear

Acrylic | Image size- 16 x 20” |  Framed size- 25 x 29” | Price: $2,800

I took a photo of an ordinary scene of prickly pear draped over a wall and used a palette knife and stamping to add interest and dimension.

Nantucket by Diana Madaras

Thoughts of Nantucket

Acrylic | Image size- 16 x 20” |  Framed size- 25 x 29” | Price: $2,800

I am planning a trip to Nantucket next summer, and I am dreaming about being on the sandy beach at sunset. I will bring my paints with me and look forward to creating a Nantucket series.

Outside Room #12 by Diana Madaras

Outside Room #12

Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” |  Framed size- 18 x 21”  | Price: $1,450

These two pink Adirondack chairs welcome guests to Room #12 at Rancho de la Osa in Sasabe, Arizona.

Dry River Bed by Diana Madaras

Dry River Bed

Acrylic | Image size- 36 x 48” |  Framed size- 46 x 58” | Price: $10,500

Except after monsoons or a heavy rain, Tucson’s river beds are sandy and bone dry. This painting is a compilation of scenes from several washes (or dry river beds) in the Santa Catalina Mountain range including Sabino Canyon.

Gate at Osa by Diana Madaras

Gate at Osa

Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” |  Framed size- 18 x 21” | Price: $1,450

The mansion at Rancho de la Osa, built in the 1800’s, is now a guest ranch in Sasabe, Arizona, and it’s authentic Southwest charm affords innumerable painting opportunities.

Tiny Dancer I by Diana Madaras

Tiny Dancer I

Acrylic | Image size- 18 x 24” |  Framed size- 26 x 31" | Price: $3,200

Occasionally I paint with fellow Gallery artist Bruce Marion via Zoom. His very abstract palette knife painting of a non-descript person inspired my painting of a dancer. I thought of Degas painting his dancers as I worked on this scene.

Western Roses

Western Roses

Acrylic | Image size- 24 x 24” |  Framed size- 34.5 x 34.5" | Price: $3,900

A beautiful bouquet of pink roses led to this fun and free expression of the joy that roses bring.

Coyote Moon

Coyote Moon

Watercolor on Yupo | Image size- 11 x 16” |  Framed size- 20 x 25" | Price: $3,200

This is the 33rd painting in the Spirit Animal series and the third coyote. This coyote, unlike the first two, is a full body view and he is in motion. All Spirit Animals have five things in common including a tattoo.

Cacti in the Moonlight

Cacti in the Moonlight

Watercolor on Yupo | Image size- 9 x 12” |  Framed size- 17 x 20” | Price: $1,800

Painted in a style similar to the Spirit Animals, this whimsical desert scene is a companion to the prickly pear painting called Tuna.

The Last Dance Painting

The Last Dance

 Acrylic | Image size- 18 x 24” |  Framed size- 26 x 32” | Price: $3,600

Every dance has a beginning, middle, and end. The male figure exiting on the right is indicative of the last dance they will perform together. 

If you are interested in purchasing a painting, please notify the Gallery. If you are the only person to submit a commitment for the painting of your choice by 5 pm on Friday, October 23rd, the painting is yours. If other patrons have submitted a commitment for the same painting, names will be drawn from a hat. We want to be fair to everyone and allow all collectors an equal opportunity to purchase the work. Thank you for your understanding.
Please call the Gallery: (520) 615-3001

Watch the 3 minute video below by award-winning producer, Sandra Levine. See why Diana was voted Tucson’s Best Visual artist nine times, and how she has devoted her life’s work to animals in need.

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