Born in Leeds, Diane was educated at Leeds Girls’ High School. She studied Art at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, graduating with a BA(Hons) in Visual Art, followed by a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education. On moving to London she became involved in the animation industry, and the emerging techniques of computer graphics and video manipulation. This led to a career in Graphic Design for television and special effects for clients such as Granada, TV-AM, GMTV and This Morning. Throughout this time she continued to draw and paint, and has more recently been concentrating on paintings and printmaking. She divides her time between London and Yorkshire.
Diane is a member of Wednesday Printmakers
Artist's Statement: Early influences while studying Art were pointillism and pop art, systems painting, photography and illustration. However the biggest influence on my work was probably my years as a graphic designer and animator in television. Long hours were spent looking at images frame by frame in extreme close-up to smooth out pixels, or in the more traditional methods of cell-painting in flat, opaque colours. These techniques have transferred themselves to the methods of choosing imagery and composition that I use now. I like to break the image down into its constituent parts and layers before reassembling them. Printmaking affords the same opportunity to reconstruct an image, whether by combining different processes or using several plates to create a final print. I usually work in acrylic, but sometimes mix media and techniques, using photography, photoshop, collage and printmaking.