Having graduated with a degree in Sculpture from LSAD Diane then qualified as an Art teacher in 1992. She taught art full-time until 1999 before completing her M.Ed at the University of Limerick. Born in Youghal, Co.Cork where she now lives and works as a full-time artist.
Diane’s first solo exhibition in Cork in 2004 was of watercolours of the landscape and light of West Clare. In 2008 and 2010 she had solo exhibitions in Limerick, leading to a series of commissioned pieces for a property developer. In 2014 and 2017 she had a solo exhibition in Smock Alley Dublin and The Nest Gallery Dunlaoghaire. Diane’s work has been selected for, Royal Hibernian Academy, LHQ Gallery, Lavit Gallery, Sirius Arts Centre, Artnetdlr, Signal Arts Centre, ARTFORM, Courthouse Gallery & Studios Ennistymon, The United Arts Club, Ranelagh Arts Centre, Boyle Arts Festival, Birr Arts Festival, Artlinks/123 Gallery, The Holy Art Gallery, Gallery Omata.
I am a painter. I work both outdoors and in my studio where I use field studies and photo references. Fieldwork is crucial, helping me focus my mind to explore how a particular scene can evoke an emotional response. Working on a number of paintings simultaneously allows me to transport certain elements from one piece to the next. I analyse, plan and imagine what I want to do in painting. Some subjects work best as small paintings, some as large. I will often add an element that better compliments the colours and values of the painting. Changes that will enhance or strengthens a painting are considered and then employed to that end. Although the Irish landscape has been my main interest for a number of years, drawing the figure has led to a fascination with figurative and portrait painting. Something I am constantly exploring. I also regularly paint still life.
Membership: Backwater Artist Network