Diane Green was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1985 she graduated with a BFA at Memphis College of Art. Diane was a singer and songwriter for two bands with LPs on the New Rose (1988, 1990) & Au Go-Go (1986) labels. In the 1990s raising her kids at home, Diane created a fiber art clothing company called Original Face, working with her own woodcut printed, batik, and tie-dyed fabrics. In 2003 she received a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her studies, Diane started a 501(c)(3) that provides art programs for underserved communities, MUSE, Inc. Today Diane lives in Chicago, painting and working on art projects in her home studio, This Is It Gallery.
The Mer-Trans represent the outsider nature of mermaids, also known as Sirens. Trans Black mermaids would definitely fall into the Nasty Woman’s struggle today. He / She / They provide a symbol about outcasts in current and historical social boundaries.
Growing up in Memphis as a Nasty Woman artist, I learned early on that my variations in self-expression were my exodus to mental health. After a lifetime of madness, I realized art was a universal relief of human struggles from the beginning of time and will continue as long as we exist. My inspirations come from within, they circle out to those for whom they speak only to return anew like a snake eating its tail. It is a lifetime journey.