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Diane Dagenais

   Popular Artist

Diane Dagenais a.k.a. DDBella

Born in Gatineau (Quebec) in 1965, this self-taught artist is, from an early age, passionate about the arts. She discovers that singing and writing helps her question and discover her childhood world while in foster homes. Her first writing project is a school play about the sense of family and belonging. During her highschool years, she writes monologues and another play along the same themes and learns to play popular and classical music on the guitar. Member of the student council, she is very involved in the creation of a youth charter of rights. She nearly completes her studies in humanities and literature at Hull CEGEP and later attends University of Ottawa in Sociology and Politics. Given her profound sensitive nature, she feels conflicted while walking by the homeless people on King Edward, whom she does not engage. It reminds her of her life on welfare and foster care. The realities of her childhood catching up with her, she develops a phobia of being in large groups and relinquishes' her dream of a university education. In 1987, she is employed by the federal government in administration for fourteen years, ten of which dealt with international work. Today, she paints and signs her work DDBella. Through her paintings inspired by her life, by the news, by the love of words, music, nature and architecture, she hopes to bring to your home a sense of love, equality, freedom and well being. 

Diane Dagenais (DDBella)

(819) 230-4610


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40 pictures


Spring Sale 2015

Nepean Fine Arts League (NFAL)

Ukrainian Hall 1000 Avenue Byron, Ottawa

Friday, April 24th, 2015 til Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Free admission

November 2014

Ukrainian Hall 

Winter Sale


Exhibit : La Galerie Outaouais

Nos petits plaisirs

 December 1st, 2012 to January 25th 2013

305, rue Notre-Dame, Gatineau, Québec

Site for further details :

November 2012

Family Collective Art Exhibit on November 24, 2012

Location : 21 rue Lafontaine, Gatineau, Quebec

Nepean Fine Arts League - Winter Art Sale 2012

November 30th, December 1st and 2nd, 2012

Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

I will be at Booth #49

Works of over 50 diverse artists

Vernissage - $10 Admission for Friday November 30th, 6pm-9pm

Delicious finger foods, a tempting sweet table, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, and entertainment by guitarist Spencer Scharf are included with the admission fee

Saturday, December 1st, 10am-5pm

Sunday, December 2nd, 10am-4pm

Saturday and Sunday Admission Free

Tickets for Friday available at the door

For more information visit us at

or Email us at

Looking forward to meeting all of you!

November 2011

The Nepean Fine Arts League - Annual Winter Sale of Art by local artists

When : Friday November 18th to Sunday November 20th 2011

Where : The Hellenic Centre 1315 Prince of Wales Drive Ottawa.

Hours : Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Admission and parking are free.

Event : Collective Art Exhibit 2011

Art au Pluriel

November 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011

Centre communautaire Tétreau

361, boul. de Lucerne, Gatineau (Parc Moussette)

Thank you for your visit, conversations and your encouragements!

The Nepean Fine Arts League - Annual Winter Sale of Art by local artists

When : Friday November 19 to Sunday November 21 2010

Where : The Hellenic Centre 1315 Prince of Wales Drive Ottawa.

Hours : Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Admission and parking are free. Contributions to CHEO are appreciated. For more information contact 613-824-5522.


Group Exhibition Autumn 2010

Art au Pluriel

November 12, 13, and November 14, 2010 Community Center Tetreau in Hull. 

Thank you for your visit and encouragement!


Group Exhibitions  Spring 2010

Images sur toile

Being held on the 26th, 27th  and the 28th of March 2010 

Location : Maison du Citoyen à Gatineau, secteur Hull.

For addtional informations, please visit the website

Past Exhibitions :

Art au Pluriel

November 13, 14 and November 15, 2009 Community Center Tetreau in Hull. 
Sale of seven artworks!
Thank you for your encouragement! 

Images sur toile
2 and 3 May 2009 at the Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau, Hull sector.

Art au Pluriel November 2008
Community Center Tetreau Hull

Conseil des Arts d'Aylmer
Spring 2008
Art au Pluriel November 2007
Community Center Tetreau Hull

Visit :

My studio by appointment only. You can contact me at 819-230-4610

or if you prefer email

Artist Statement

The media influence our evolution as a person and as society living at a much faster pace! That is the energy of these influences, these feelings of people I want to express freely and without judgment in my paintings! All these human energies, I choose to accompany them with music of my choice while painting and think about everything that affects me personally. So if you imagine a peaceful and zen  artist... you pressed the wrong address but still take a few moments and keep reading before deciding to change the page! Indeed, the artistic process that I have chosen is not easy because I paint watching the news and listening to music of my choice! I made that choice to push myself further more to take all the senses and effects of living at a more rapid pace and all its influences! This allows me to convey all the emotions, passions and issues facing us and deal with life choices and decisions both individually and collectively. The rest is well deserved after a session of artistic expression of this kind and the new painting is also quite happy to turn to finally rest on a wall!


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