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Diana Rutherford (1939 - 2013)

  • "Condolences to Diana's family. She has amazing talent, and..."
    - Barbara Hill
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SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

On Tuesday, 24th September Diana Rutherford passed away. Those who knew her courage and creativity as one of Ft Myers leading artists were shocked at her sudden passing.

This summer she travelled to South Dakota in her RV to open the joint exhibition of portraits shared with her late grandfather , Harvey Dunn. A link with the TV channel, Keloland ( Search: dunn, Date: 8 Aug.) shows her being interviewed and some of the work.

This exhibition crowned a fruitful career as one of Florida's foremost artists whose work was regularly exhibited throughout Florida, Massachusetts, South of France and The British Virgin Islands. She gained her BA in Fine Arts from Boston Museum of Fine Arts and her MFA from Tufts University, Boston. As an artist she lived and worked in Japan in the 1970's, Tortola, The British Virgin Islands in the 1980's and later in the 1990's, South of France. In 1994 Diana moved from Cambridge, MA to Matlacha and later based her home and studio in Ft Myers.

Diana's travels in her RV allowed her to explore many parts of the Southwest and Midwest, finding inspiration from nature. In Florida, one of her favourite pastimes was kayaking with the Sierra Club.

She will be missed by her students as an inspiring and sympathetic teacher to children as well as adults.

Surviving her is her daughter, Laura O'Connell, son in law, Timothy and grandson, Christopher and sister, Cynthia Jane Watson.

A memorial service is being held at the Christian Science Church in Cape Coral on Saturday 19 October at 3PM.

Published in The News-Press on Oct. 12, 2013