In 1973 Diana was introduced to the art of porcelain painting and her quest for achievement led her to study with Australian, and also international artists such as Jean Sadler, Mary Patusky and Paul Collins from USA, Peter Faust from Switzerland and Derek Jones from the Worcester Factory in the UK.
She enjoyed 15 years of teaching porcelain on-glaze painting to a wide range of students and was a member of the International Art Teachers Ass. and Australian Porcelain Art Teachers Ass. She won many prizes in this field and then diversified and expanded her knowledge to include watercolour, acrylic, mixed media paintings and various paintings on glass and luster work.
Diana is proud that she has successfully exhibited at Grandeur House, Potoroo at Southgate Melbourne and Convent Gallery and Springmount Pottery at Daylesford, Victoria. She exhibited at Anthill Gallery in Broken Hill and Outback Colours in Quorn which led to her invitation to be one of the Artists of the Ranges. She has had exhibitions in Artistic License and has been a regularly invited guest at Porter Street Wildlife Gallery at Goolwa. She has had successful solo exhibitions at Cardones Gallery, Brighton, at Rainmoth Gallery in Waikerie, a joint exhibition with Pauline Miller at Hughes Gallery, at Burra Regional Gallery and an exhibition at Peter Franz Gallery at Lyndoch.
Diana’s watercolours of very detailed flowers have been made into Limited Edition Giclee Prints with the encouragement of her mentors, the late “HT” and Inge Thumm. Mr and Mrs Thumm originally built, and owned the famous Chateau Yaldara where she had numerous solo exhibitions at vintage time. When Yaldara was sold the Thumm’s built the beautiful Chateau Barossa and made Diana their rose artist.
As an artist Diana was inspired by well known photographer Ian Jenkinson and has, since then, made a name for herself in the Flinders Ranges with a lot of her works going overseas to Japan, USA, the UK, etc. The colours of her bush animals and birds have made her work much sought after in exhibitions such as Victor Harbor and the prestigious Herald Sun Camberwell Art Show, in Melbourne, where she has won various prizes there since 2003. She has also won prizes at the Walkerville, Wildlife Art Society Blackwood, Tea Tree Gully, Port Rotary and Port Community Art Centre Art Shows.
Diana feels fortunate to have conducted workshops with Elizabeth Kinkaid, in Seattle, USA, and Marney Ward, in Canada and hopes to extend her knowledge of products and watercolour techniques.
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