Diana Rudaitis


Phoenix Rising




Diana Rudaitis was born in Chicago in 1947 and has lived there all her life. She started drawing and painting when she was a small girl and when she was 11 years old, she won a scholarship for young students at The Art Institute of Chicago. She later took various art classes but is mainly a self taught artist. She has worked in pastel chalks and watercolor pencils, but now paints in acrylics; oil pastels and uses paper and sequins in her work.

Diana recently started painting seriously after retiring from 28 years of service as a Chicago Police Officer, and paints under the name “Danusha” to honor her grandmother who came from Poland. Diana likes to paint human and animal portraits in bright, bold colors and textures and tries to paint with whimsy and humor. She also paints fantasy and visionary works.