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Exhibiting something close to her heart

Three portraits by Brooksville art teacher Diane Becker will be among a display of two dozen works by Hernando County instructors.

Brooksville art teacher Diane Becker has taught in the area for two decades. This month, her students will have a chance to see her work.

Becker is one of six Hernando County art teachers whose work will be displayed through August at the Brooksville Golf and Country Club.

The free exhibit is open to the public and features the varied works of private art teachers as well as high school instructors.

"Right now, I am primarily painting portraits," said Becker, who teaches for the county Recreation Department in Brooksville, the High Point Community Center and the Spring Hill Enrichment Center. "Portraits are close to my heart. I've been working on them a long time."

Becker will have three large portraits on display among the two dozen paintings in the exhibit. Her favorite is of Hernando County Sheriff Tom Mylander.

"I loved the colors in that one," she said. "I wanted to do someone that was locally recognizable to show people what I can do."

Teaching has made Becker a much better painter, she said.

"It is a thrill to see the students grow and progress," she said. "I love to see the light bulb turn on."

The Brooksville Golf County Club is at 23446 Links Drive in Brooksville. For information, call 796-2042.