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Alyse Dietel

Self-Taught Artist

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by my website! My dream of being an artist, one I've had since I was little, is not possible without your generosity and support, and I very much appreciate every bit of it!

   My name is Alyse Dietel and I am a self-taught artist from San Jose, California. I have always loved to draw, but have only very recently begun to pursue a full-time career in art. I am also a rock climber and love the outdoors, and my passion for nature and wildlife has been the main source of inspiration for my paintings and illustrations. Because of rock climbing I have been to and seen many wild places that few have experienced, and in my art I try to convey the sense of awe and wonder I feel when experiencing a new landscape. The outdoors and art became linked permanently for me in September of 2012, when I fell 80 feet off a cliff in a hiking accident. I broke my spine in several places, shattered my pelvis, and collapsed a lung among other injuries, and was consequently wheelchair-bound and told I would never walk again. For someone as active as me, this was devastating and an intensely difficult time in many ways. Because hiking and climbing were out of reach I clung to art, previously only an infrequent hobby, and began developing my passion for illustration and painting with an intensity that I never had before. So although I couldn’t move my legs and the mountains were far away, I lived vicariously through illustrations of untamed wilderness and wildlife. And as much as my art allowed me to drift away from the immobilized world I was in, it also fueled a fire in me to walk among the mountains once more. Now six years after my accident I am a full-time artist, and hike and climb as often as I draw and paint.

 Finding my own illustrative style has been a lifelong journey, and most of the personal style development has happened this past year. I love working with micron illustration pens and watercolor and have never taken a class and am entirely self-taught. My goal as an artist is to be able to travel the world and paint in exotic and unique locations while drawing attention to the need to conserve and protect our natural environment.

-Alyse Dietel

Artist Statement

Nature does not conform to humankind, but rather is bent to our will. Unfortunately our will is not always in the best interest of nature and it’s creatures. I use my art to show that it could be the other way around. Instead of us shaping nature into profit, expansion, and power, it could shape us. Our natural world could shape us as it shapes my art; in a way that is beautiful, beneficial, and full of understanding, appreciation, and love.

I hope to express not only the full extent of the damage we do to our environment, but also the beauty of our natural world. I hope to show that we are all connected in nature, and that the negative effect we have on our earth affects us just as negatively. I hope to capture the wonder and awe of wild places and animals, and to instill a desire to conserve and protect them. I hope to empower and inspire a brighter future. Because for that future, I hope.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Exhibitions

Upstream 11”x15” : Yosemite Renaissance 34

Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park, CA

February 23rd - May 5th 2019

Kings Art Center, Hanford, CA

June - July

Carnegie Art Center, Turlock, CA

August - October

Gallery 5 at Gallery Row, Oakhurst, CA

October - November

Multiple pieces, Central Bank and Trust, Lander, WY

June 2017 and June 2018

Multiple pieces, Black Rock Bouldering, Phoenix, AZ

August 3rd - September 30th 2018


Awarded the Denis Diderot Grant for Chateau d’Orquevaux Artist Residency


Illustration, Rock and Ice Magazine issue 236 (August 2016)

Illustration, Rock and Ice Magazine issue 237 (October 2016)

Illustration, Climbing Magazine (October 2018)


December 2019, NES Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland

September - August 2019, Studio Faire Artist Residency, Nerac, France

TBD, Chateau d’Orquevaux Artist Residency, Orquevaux, France

June 2019, Ayatana Artist Research Residency, Ottawa, Canada