Diane Ponder studied Art History, Anthropology and Linguistics as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, earning a Visual Arts certificate through the University of Chicago Graham School. She spent her childhood surrounded by nature climbing trees, reading books and swimming in creeks. Her father was an engineer who worked on the moon landing and many other research projects. She currently lives in Chicago and works in two studios. Her work is currently showing at Osom Gallery in Humboldt Park and the Herman Miller showroom in the Merchandise Mart.
Her art encompasses painting in the abstract and figure drawings. Her technique has developed over many years of experience and study of contemporary art and art history, linguistics, logic, anatomy and anthropology.