The Latest from American Women Artists

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American Women Artists is honored to announce that two AWA Signature Members have been elevated to Master-Signature status! AWA’s Master-Signature Task Force carefully reviewed its Signature Members and nominated two strong candidates. Dyana Hesson and Laurie Kersey were voted in by the AWA Board, Master-Signature, and Heritage Circle Members.

Both Dyana and Laurie have won numerous awards and each has an impressive body of work, is respected by her peers, and has a national reputation. We are proud to call them Master-Signature Members! Congratulations to Dyana and Laurie!

AWA Board President Christine Drewyer and Executive Director Amanda Zimmerman surprised Dyana and Laurie with the exciting news. Click on the videos below to watch their reactions.

Read more about the artists below:

Dyana Hesson |

Botanical artist Dyana Hesson loves a good adventure. As a kid, she was always happiest exploring the outdoors and rarely settled down to read a book all the way through. She has a case of incurable wanderlust, and a love affair with God’s creation. Dyana has been a professional artist for 29 years and is a founding member of the Phoenix Zoo Art exhibit program. Her series True Blue Arizona was featured in Arizona Highways Magazine in March 2020. Dyana currently serves on the AWA Board of Directors.


Laurie Kersey |

Much of Laurie Kersey’s work currently focuses on her life-long love, horses. Her work has also, for many years, included the dramatic coastline and quiet countryside of California, as well as elegant florals. Laurie is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, and American Impressionist Society, and is represented by Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in Carmel and Palm Desert, CA, and K Nathan Gallery in La Jolla, CA. 


Caption for cover image (left to right, top to bottom): Tres Amigos, oil by Laurie Kersey; Laurie Kersey painting at the stables; Dyana Hesson in her studio; Beeline – Saguaro Blooms and Sky Near Salt River, AZ, oil by Dyana Hesson