Welcome! I am an artist who likes to paint on velvet.

Copyright 2018. Diane Bombshelter Art. All rights reserved.

Ombre Coffee

2936 E. Broadway Blvd. (between Bisbee Breakfast Club and Barrio Bread Bakery) Tucson, AZ 

Most of my available collection is now being shown until March 31, 2018

Agave Heritage Festival

I am currently creating a whole new series of 6-8 black velvet paintings inspired by Agave Heritage Festival and things related to tequila. 

Opening Reception

Friday, April 27, 2018

6-8 pm

Hotel Congress

311 E Congress St.

Tucson, AZ 85701

Henry Rollins

This painting is still at The Velveteria Museum of Velvet Paintings. 

711 New High St, 

Los Angeles, CA 90012


If you happen to be in the neighborhood.

"Javelina Javen" ("Javelina Haven"), acrylic on black velvet, 24in. x 24in.

Edgar Leeteg in Tahiti, 1950's


As a painter, I am attracted to the Renaissance technique of chiaroscuro, strong contrasts in illumination between light and dark areas.  Black velvet enhances this effect and also provides textural features you can not get on canvas.

When I started studying black velvet painting, I came across paintings by Edgar Leeteg. They completely changed my perception of velvet art because I was used to matadors, big-eyed children and Elvis. Leeteg did mostly portraits of Tahitian people using chiaroscuro with stunning effect. In my work, I am trying to change people's perception of black velvet art just as Leeteg's work affected mine. Not to say I will never indulge my kitsch itch, you may find me painting a sad clown at some point, but I'll put my own unique spin on it.

I started teaching myself velvet painting in 2007 and I made a pilgrimage to The Velveteria  in 2008 which was a life-changing experience. Hundreds of velvet paintings covered their walls in all different styles. My mind felt like it expanded like the big bang! I discovered other masters such as Cece Rodriguez, Daniel Guerrero, Burke Tyree and Louis Behan.  10 years later, I have several pieces in The Velveteria in downtown Los Angeles.

 My work has been shown in Tucson, Bisbee, Phoenix, Mexico, Colorado, Los Angeles and Miami. I'm inspired mostly by contrasts in light and dark and texture, or just about anything that makes me think, "that will look great on velvet!"