Location: South Africa
Diane was born and educated in Manchester, England, where she studied art under Harold Riley, one of England’s top artists. She arrived in South Africa in 1971 and worked for many years as an architectural draughtswoman in Somerset West. Diane took up painting again in the mid-1990s.
Diane’s work hangs in many private collections around the world. She is represented in various galleries in South Africa and has her own studio in Somerset West.
She loves to experiment with different techniques, styles and media so that her work is constantly evolving and changing. Her dynamic subject matter includes landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, portraits and flowers.
She has been a member of the South African Society of Artists since 2005 and currently chairs the Western Cape Artists’ Society.
Diane’s artwork ranges in size from 200mm x 200mm miniatures to large canvases up to 1200mm x 780mm. Prices currently range from R800 to R16 000.
Awards and Exhibitions
Best watercolour (first prize), best acrylic (first prize) and highly commended (acrylic) in Western Cape Artists’ Society (WCAS) Annual Merit exhibition
Top Gem (first prize) in WCAS ‘Little Gems’ exhibition
Two highly commended awards in WCAS ‘Across the Palette’ exhibition
‘Cream of the Crop’ (first prize) in Western Cape Watercolour Group (WCWG) Annual Merit exhibition
Two highly commended awards in WCWG ‘Little Gems’ exhibition
Commended (watercolour) in South African Society of Artists (SASA) Annual exhibition
Third prize and two highly commended awards in WCWG ‘Across the Palette’ exhibition
Artslant Worldwide Showcase Winner
First and second prize in WCWG ‘Little Gems’ exhibition
Two commended awards in SASA Annual exhibition
First prize in WCWG ‘Across the Palette’ exhibition
‘Most Creative’ in WCWG Annual Merit exhibition
Two highly commended awards in WCWG ‘Across the Palette’ exhibition
‘Most Creative’ and highly commended in WCWG Annual Merit exhibition
Second and Third prizes in WCWG ‘Little Gems’ exhibition
Third prize in Somerset West Art Group’s Annual exhibition
Third prize in SASA Eleanor Palmer Competition
First successful solo exhibition at Rialto Art Gallery
Second prize in SASA Eleanor Palmer First Time Exhibitors’ competition
Third prize in Somerset West Art Group Annual exhibition
Work chosen for Sanlam’s ‘First Signatures’ competition
My gallery is in Somerset West in the grounds of my guest house, Penny Lane Lodge.
I regularly exhibit at South African Society of Artists exhibitions at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Also through the Western Cape Watercolour Group, an established group of artists who live and work in the Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Cape Town area. Although our name suggests that we are watercolourists, our members work in all media, as will be demonstrated at our next exhibition "Across the Palette" which will be held in early May.
Our local art group, which I currently chair - The Western Cape Watercolour Group - held it's annual 'Across the Palette' exhibition last month. Although our name suggests we are a group of watercolourists, our members work in a variety of media - as do I.
Our judges for the selection were internationally reknowned artist, Derric van Rensburg, well-known local artist Di Ackerman and local figure-drawing tutor, Lana Faasen. I was please to be awarded a 3rd prize and 2 highly commended awards. These are my paintings from the exhibition.