Diane Ortlieb grew up in Westchester County, New York where she studied ballet for ten years and became a ballet teacher in her early twenties. While taking classes in Manhattan she frequently visited the Museum of Modern Art. In college at Albany State University she attended classes in Modern Art and Art History.
When she retired in 2014 she attended Art classes at Saddleback College for two years in Mixed Media.
Her love for animals and her passion for helping Shelter animals was why her art was created. She is currently donating to many shelters in Southern California.