Diane Snoey Appler, Creator of Maui Tropical Art Is In the News!

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“Painter of Paradise”

Plein air oil artist Diane Snoey Appler is a member of Maui’s Lahaina Arts Society who first studied at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California. Her first experience with painting en plein air was as a student of French-born artist Brigitte Curt. Diane’s awards include accolades as a finalist in the 2017 Lahaina Poster Contest, and the People's  Choice Award winner in 2018 and 2019 in the same contest. 


Diane’s warm landscape scenes of California and Maui are inspired by a sincere love of the outdoors which first developed in the lakes and forests of Traverse City, Michigan.  As a child Diane played in tree houses she built and paddled her canoe across Lake Arbutus to meet the school bus.


Diane’s first oil and water color painting efforts were nurtured along with help from her uncle Nicholas Zrolka, also an artist.  Her paintings reflected a desire to honor the beauty she found around her in other places in the world, and then a focus on the hills and lakes of California’s Sierra Nevada.   However, on her first trip to Maui in 1999 Diane knew that her heart had found its home.  Owners of Diane’s art speak of the emotional remembrance of Maui’s magical feeling which her warm and vibrant tones evoke.  


Diane now paints from her Trade Winds Studio in South Maui overlooking the Pacific. Visit to her studio are encouraged, please set up an appointment or view recent work on the web.

Gallery Representation:

Banyan Tree & Old Jail Gallery- Old Lahaina Courthouse

Maui Hands- Lahaina Location

Wailea Beach Resort-Maui Marriott- Mondays

Maui Crafts Guild- Paia


Present Professional Membership:

Oil Painters of America

Plein Air Painters of Hawai'i

Lahaina Arts Society

Lahaina Arts Guild 501(c)(3)

-Vice President 2018-present


Instructors and Mentors-

National and International Artists:

Don Sahli

Cathy Zander

Brigitte Curt

RR Dvorak

 Julie Houck

Heart of Lahaina Hanging in Gallery
Heart of Lahaina Hanging in Gallery
Diane Snoey Appler 2019
Diane Snoey Appler 2019

"Heart of Lahaina" 18 x 24 Oil painting won People's Choice Award, in the 2019 Lahaina Annual Poster Contest.

MauiTime June 2018
MauiTime June 2018

Plein air oil artist Diane Snoey Appler warm landscape scenes of Maui are inspired by a sincere love of the outdoors. She will be in the gallery every Friday painting on site- Maui Hands Gallery, Front Street, Lahaina, Maui.

Grow Some Good 2018
Grow Some Good 2018

Annual fund raising event, and the past year a live auction of a commission painting was my donation!

2018 People's Choice Winner
2018 People's Choice Winner

Diane Snoey Appler's painting titled "Lahaina Paradise" won the 2018 Lahaina Poster contest's People's Choice Award!

2018 Lahaina Annual Poster Contest
2018 Lahaina Annual Poster Contest

Diane Snoey Appler People's Choice Award 2018

Plein Air Painting at Mama's Fish House - Kuau Beach

Diane's art now adorns Hale Aloha, a residence at the Maui Andaz Resort Wailea, and is featured in the Gallery Book for all guests, below