Haist, Diann

Born in Cambridge, Ontario, in 1943, Diann Haist is a classically trained artist who uses the combined techniques of the Impressionist Masters and the Old Masters.

Each piece is begun as an abstract, using a toned canvas. There is no drawing involved. She lays down broad areas of primary colors and allows the masses of light to guide her to her subject and to the liveliness and depth that have become her trademark. Each layer applied allows the brilliance of the previous layer to come through.

Over her career of forty-plus years, Diann Haist has had many successful solo exhibitions which have garnered her an enviable core of collectors. Her versatility as an artist allows her to explore a variety of themes: her oils and acrylics, either on canvas or paper, display a bold brush stroke and confident technique.

Haist’s paintings are part of numerous major corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States, Japan, Argentina and throughout Europe.

Diann currently resides in Alaska where the big landscape and it’s Indigenous People are a never-ending source of inspiration.
“The inspiration for my art comes from a combination of extensive travels, outdoor painting and sketching as well as gardens that I have created in my mind. Above all, my works are based on memories enhanced by imagination. The places depicted are of my own creation and reflect only a conglomeration of realities. In other words, I construct, on canvas and on paper, what is my ideal. Although the flowers and trees are borrowed from all that I see around me, I prefer to re-create them in settings, groupings and places in which they may not otherwise be seen.”


Doone School of Fine Art
Ontario College of Art
Central Technical Art College
Les Beaux Arts, Quebec City


2008 American Impressionist Society’s 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition,
2008 Coda Gallery in Palm Desert, California
2007 Anna Kristine’s, Anchorage, Alaska
2007 Art on Fifth Fine Art Gallery, Austin, Texas
2006 St Pierre Galleries, Anchorage, Alaska
2004 ART on 5th Fine Art Gallery, Austin, Texas
2000-03 Organic Oasis, Anchorage, Alaska
1999 Joy Gallery, Keywest, Florida
1993-99 Artisan’s Alley, London, Canada
1992-99 Gallery Fyraarstyder, Stolkhom, Sweden
1988-99 Denison Gallery, Markham, Ontario
1995 Galerie Pauline Johnson, Montreal, Canada
1994 Maruzen Co. Galleries, Nagoya, Kyoto, Sendai, Okayama, Tokyo, Japan
1993 Dimension Plus, Toronto, Canada
1992 Gallery 88, Clearwater, USA
1991 Tara Fine Arts, Kleinberg, Canada
1991 Bonnie Kagan Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1990 Rosing Fine Art, Thornhill, Canada
1989-90 Gallery 88, Clearwater, USA
1989 Studio Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1988 Rosing Fine Art, Thornhill, Canada
1988 Carol Sterne Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1985-87 The Whitman Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1985 Joseph Hur Gallery, Detroit, USA
1979 La Chasse Galerie, Toronto, Canada
1979 Savannah Art Gallery, Georgia, USA
1979 Hilton Head Gallery, South Carolina, USA
1978 Arthur Morton Galleries, Yorkville, Canada


2009 “Little Dancer” a portrait of a young Alaskan Aleut girl was awarded First Place Winner of Smithtown Township Arts Council’s Members Art Forum in New York
2009 Grand Prize, Best of Show – Best Wildlife/Bird – Peer’s
2009 Choice – People’s Choice – Art For Alaska State Parks
2008 Finalist in Raymar’s annual fine art competition


Bull’s Jazz Club, Chicago, USA
Citibank, Head Office, Toronto, Canada
Delphian Schools Inc., Oregon, USA
Fletcher Challenge CDA Ltd., Toronto, Canada
General Motors Ltd., Detroit, USA
Goodman & Goodman, Toronto, Canada
Kanata Hotels Ltd., Ottawa, Canada
Molsons Limited, Head Office, Mississauga, Canada
Sandcastle Hotel, Florida, USA
Selling Travel Ltd., Toronto, New York, London
Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, Canada
Trizec Equities Ltd., Toronto, Canada
Walsh Micay, Winnipeg, Canada
Wender, Murase & White, New York, USA, Japan, Argentina
Groupe Lyras, Ste-Agathe, Canada
Caisse Populaire Desjardins, Sherbrooke

Her works are part of numerous other collections in Canada, the United States, Japan, Argentina and throughout Europe

View from the campside

Oil and wax on paper
22 x 30

A northern dusk

Oil and wax on paper
30 x 22