Diane Atherton met her husband Anthony Pacheco at the Wildflower during a joint exhibition several years ago. Their special love is traveling and capturing their travels with digital photography.
Daughter of a career military father, Diane has lived in many different areas throughout the United States. Upon high school graduation in Japan, she began her nursing career in Hawaii. After a tour of duty in the US Navy as a Hospital CORP WAVE, she completed her schooling as a Registered Nurse in Florida and received her BSN degree from the Medical College of Georgia.
Having raised her two sons, she struck out for the West in 1999, rekindling her passion for photography that began while living in the Orient. Thanks to high school friends she discovered New Mexico with its red rock, incredible light, many cultures, and spirit of creativity. Her experience inspired exploration of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada and Idaho where she now resides. Her exploration continues and is all about light and the vibrancy of color…producing evocative images that prompt others to have an emotional connection to the land that is our nation.
Diane has had several photographs published in the Portneuf Medical Center’s (PMC) Health Vision Journal. She had two of her beautiful landscapes selected for the PMC 2007 Calendar (April & October). Her artwork has been used by PMC’s Women’s Affairs and Partners in Excellence. She has also created the Medication Management Posters which are displayed throughout the hospital.
Diane was commissioned by Cielo Su Terra Day Spa to use our artwork to compliment the “Waterfalls & Streams” theme in their Relaxation Room. Also, many of our images can be seen in the Executive Offices and the Conference Room at PMC.
Diane has produced greeting cards and fine art posters. Her images have been used in advertising for restaurants and private companies. Her work has been sold at art auctions in support of the March of Dimes, Camp LotsaFun, Camp Soar-Children’s Research Triangle, Saint Mary’s Hospital Nursing Scholarship fund, Nevada Conservation League, VSA Arts of Nevada, and Northern Nevada Nursing Achievement Awards. Her work has been published in a nationally distributed anthology of photography. She joyfully combines her profession with her passion and is presently completing a photo journal and portraiture exhibit for breast cancer survivors as a guide for women in recovery who are celebrating life.