Diane (Dee) McQuesten studied design under Michael Spafford. Post-graduation, she studied one year at Harvard University's extension school, then went to Cornish College of the Arts to study Fine Arts. She became an Active Member of Allied Arts, PONCHO and the Seattle Arts Community.
Later, she became a Trustee of Cornish College of the Arts and remained so for ten years, serving in a dozen different capacities including but not limited to: scholarship and operational fundraising, mentoring students, the Finance Committee and serving as chair for Nominations and Special Events. She also has been active in the Seattle Art Museum as a member of SAMS (Seattle Art Museum Supporters) from 1985 until present.
After several decades of hobby framing, she began framing professionally in 1994, when she opened McQuesten Framing and Fine Art Services.
Dee is an expert at art installation in both private and corporate settings and recently framed and installed 92 pieces at the world-renowned Seattle restaurant, Canlis (see references). Although she does work nationally, her private clients reside in the greater Seattle Area: Capitol Hill, Leschi, Washington Park, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Normandy Park, Edmonds, Denny Blaine, the Highlands, Snoqualmie Valley, Woodinville, Tacoma and Downtown Seattle.
What's more, Dee has an excellent eye for quality art and has purchased many pieces on behalf of their clients. She has access to all local and regional artists, plus wonderful studios in Chelsea and Soho in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Santa Fe. She also has personal entrees to a half dozen top galleries in Manhattan. When purchasing art on behalf of her clients, she passes along the designers' discount to them, instead of pocketing it as art consultants traditionally do. This covers a lot of the framing costs.
McQuesten Framing and Fine Art Services is one of the only framing companies in the State of Washington that makes house calls.
How can I ever thank you for bringing to life a beautiful house. The arrangements of the various pictures is simply out of this world. Chris has sent photos of the living room...both before and after...I can hardly believe it is the same space. Your talent will bring joy to everyone that walks into the house...Again Thank You.