Linking Leadership and Art

There is a powerful link between leadership and art.  Both are creative acts, and both require divergent thinking and visionary skills.  The About section of the Hulse Leadership Development website documents Diane Hulse’s leadership career.  In addition to leading schools, Diane has a distinguished career as an artist, which is detailed below and includes some examples from her production.

Diane Hulse Art Biography

After receiving a BA and MA in the visual arts, Diane studied at the Arts Students’ League of New York and the Greenwich House Pottery.  During a career in education that spanned four decades, Diane taught painting, print-making, architecture, sculpture, and art appreciation at three distinguished private schools in New York City.  Diane’s drawings, paintings, and sculpture have been exhibited at Beloit College, the Art Students’ League, the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Academy, South Street and Studio E Galleries in Greenport, NY, and the Delaney Cooke Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY.  Diane’s art is held in private collections around the country.


Diane cites many sources of inspiration for her artwork.  Potter Wayne Higby, and painters April Gornik, Richard Diebenkorn, J.M.W. Turner, and Gerhard Richter‘s abstractions from the 1990’s particularly resonate.  Additionally, she is influenced by Jomon pottery, Chinese brush painting, archaeology, the natural world, metaphor, poetry, classical music, and primitive art.


Recently, Diane switched mediums, moving from a focus on painting and sculpture to art jewelry.  In the spring of 2015, her jewelry was chosen for exhibition at the 16th century Oratorio di San Rocco in Padua, Italy.  Diane’s work was also selected for “10 Days at DEKA,” a distinguished jewelry gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village.  Diane currently studies with the renowned jeweler Bianca Lopez at the Bianca Lopez Studio of Jewelry Art and Design.

Diane brings the eye of a painter and sculptor to her work as a jeweler as she focuses on form, texture and color. Using abstract and organic imagery, Diane’s jewelry often references her fascination with the architecture of cities, the tranquility of the countryside, and the intricacies of the natural world.  Her “Color Unfolding” collection captures remembered and imagined landscapes and freezes them in metal or non-traditional jewelry materials.  Each pendant, bracelet or brooch invites the viewer to reflect on his or her own inner landscape as well as those experienced.  Diane’s jewelry designs allow painting and sculpture to be worn; art becomes ornament.  She uses pigments, resin, metal, leather, plastic, toys, and found objects to realize her jewelry concepts.

Photos of Diane’s jewelry may be found on Instagram @dianehulsejewelry