The name Benanti came from Dianne's father, Salvatore Peter Benanti. He was born in Corona, New York. His ancestors came from Palermo, Sicily.
Her mother, Rosemary Cecile O'Sullivan, was born in Brighton, England. Her ancestors came from England and Ireland.
Dianne's parents met in New York. They married, and moved to Hollywood, California. They eventually settled in central Orange County, where Dianne was born. She was 19 when she moved herself to an ocean-front community called San Clemente.
This was around the time, as she puts it, "when music and art clicked its chord."
A business venture led her into the Palm Springs area in 1991. She had planned on staying for just a few years. This area is now called her home.
At 25, she was the very first entrepreneur that was granted permission by the City of Palm Desert to sell flowers and fresh living herbs out on the pedestrian lanes of El Paseo. She named her boutique Herbal Gardens.
Dianne continued to work throughout the years on a children's concept called Paisley Dinosaur, which to this day, she still whole-heartedly believes in and continues to push it forward.
Dianne produced her own designs for a children's/preteen apparel line that had a real surfy edge, and she called the line InSite.
In the late summer of 2003, Dianne mentions, "I was listening to some music and noticed a great portrait of the artist on the cover. I never attempted portraits but that day I was compelled to draw the image." With practice, it did not take Dianne long to fall deeply into charcoal. In 2004, she began a series of charcoal portraits. By 2005, she started to paint again.
In 2008, Dianne hired a company to build a custom built website called benanti.com
In 2010, she became active within her community. Volunteered for several non-profits and donated her time and art to countless fundraisers. She joined in memberships with several women's groups; Palm Springs Women in Film and Television and currently holds a 9 year membership with The National League of American Pen Women.
By 2014, she had the prestigious honor to draw Congressman Dr Raul Ruiz's portrait.
In 2018, Dianne and her husband Bill auditioned for The Shark Tank Season 10.
Dianne states, "John Lennon once wrote that
Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.
I've realized that time indeed, races right by us. But I believe when you simply want to create, whether it be a song, or a painting; age defies time, and it becomes an endless journey. A journey that takes you to a place that defines you and then redefines you. And that's the beauty behind art and music- is its nature to consistently create and evolve, leaving perhaps, mortality behind."