American landscape painter Diane Burko was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. She attended Skidmore College where she double majored in art history and painting. After graduating in 1966, she went on the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1969. During the 1970s, the peaks of the Himalayas, Alps and Rockies were the subjects of a series of paintings which were based on magazine photographs. In 1979, Burko flew with Jim Turrell to take her own aerial photographs of the Grand Canyon, which she used for paintings and pencil drawings. She took flight once more in the 1980s to photograph Pennsylvania’s rivers and waterways. She received the Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship in 1989, which took her to Normandy for a brief residency at Monet’s estate in Giverny. Four years later, she was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation to work in a private studio in the hills of Bellagio, Italy where she painted lakes Como and Lecco. In 1996, she received a One Percent Public Art Commission to produce a mural for the Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia. The mural covered over 1,500 square feet with one painting measuring 12 by 32 feet. In the fall of 2000, she visited Hawaii’s Big Island, as a result of a grant from the Leeway Foundation. The following year she visited Sicily, climbing Mt. Etna, Vesuvius and Stromboli. Recently, Burko has been concentrating on the volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls and geysers of Iceland.