Fresco Photography

Born in New York City, Epstein moved to California and lived there until 1971 when she relocated to London for her high school studies. She returned to California for university, and then graduate school at John F. Kennedy University, where she received her Master of Arts degree in 1983. She lived in Rome for two decades and has recently relocated to San Francisco Bay area.

Diane Epstein’s two decades living in Italy left an undeniable stamp on her soul. Already a psychotherapist, culinary adventure leader and creativity coach, in Italy she was inspired to add fine art photography to the mix, over time developing a multilayered process she calls fresco photography.

Diane Epstein’s signature fresco-like style of photography captures the monuments, cupolas and landscapes of Rome, and blends the aged stone and richly encrusted walls, developing an image that lies somewhere between a photograph and a painting. She does not change the scene per se, retaining the architectural details, but rather adds dimension and texture, which is precisely what draws the viewer closer, allowing his or her own interpretation.

Epstein’s large-scale panoramic vistas record and recreate both the extraordinary architecture of the ancient city and the fresco paintings that have influenced artists all over the world. Her technique of layering multiple photographs dissolve into elaborate and ethereal visions that evoke spectral sub-surface images.

Epstein, who now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, also specializes in creating images to be used in biophilic design, which is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn such that we connect in a deep and fundamental way – what Epstein refers to as “a love of all that is alive” interwoven between nature and ourselves.

The photographs of Diane Epstein have been widely exhibited in Italy, including in Rome at the American Academy, the American Embassy, Residence of the Belgian Ambassador, John Cabot University, Galleria Paolo Antonacci, and in Umbria at the museum Palazzo Boccarini. Her work was also exhibited at Susan Calloway Fine Art Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Giardini di Sole showroom in Boston. Her commissions include prominent collectors from around the world and for the Canadian Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale as well as luxury hotels and residences across Italy, Asia and North America.

All works available by commission in various sizes.