University of the Third Age visit to Diana’s Studio August 2018
Di made the group very welcome providing tea, coffee, soft drinks biscuits and cake upon arrival, provided seats so all were able to be sat down while she talked to everyone about her journey through different forms of art and showed examples of each stage.
She’d obviously put a lot of thought into what she was going to say and show and remained fully engaged with the group for nearly 2 hours. Everyone looked enraptured.
Among other things she talked about she explained how prints are prepared and made. After a short break while people had a good look round the studio and her work she then prepared one plate, applied the inks, explaining every step of the process, and produced a lovely print at the end – which was bought at the end of the visit.
Everyone seemed to have really enjoyed the afternoon – I did and I’ve seen Di’s Studio and her work before! – and many were fulsome in their thanks to both Diana and also me, so all in all I feel it was a great success.
Jane McCann, organiser
Diana involves the viewer in a series of challenges; aesthetic, emotional, and perhaps even moral. If we look at the pictures without knowledge of the location – and the tragic historical events that took place there – our initial response to the brooding, picturesque terrain may be purely aesthetic. This location seems untouched by human intervention. Diana captures its changing moods under glowering skies, creating impressions, partly real and partly generated through the artistic process. We seem to be in a dream world as much as a real place. In this work Diana occupies a position within a lineage of landscape artists stretching back hundreds of years
I like the real freshness of your drawing and the drama portrayed in it. Given that the very name Saddleworth fills everyone with dread and unease I might have expected a gloomier scene. But the work is unaffected and spontaneous. It has a really strong and lively approach.
Mike McGordon, ceramic sculptor.
Solo Exhibition at Brownhill Visitor Centre, Dobcross. 2013
Diana’s work is varied using different methods, different subjects. One thing that is consistent though is how all her work depicts life and movement so well. You can hear the wind whistling around the hilltops or through trees when you look at her landscapes. You can feel the water dripping from the roof in her magnificent Diggle Tunnel piece. I love her work.
Anne Bell, Shipley
In a house full of photographs, We were looking for a something different, A piece of art that captured the essence of us and our family. As lovers of the outdoors, especially the rugged coast line of Wales, our hope was for a unique painting that symbolised this. Coupled with a desire for the painting to have depth, as well as great texture, allowing us to reach out and touch all that represents the natural coastline. One that would, in a moment, sustain us in our longing to be back to the coast. Diane was able to capture this feeling and bring it alive for us in our home, allowing us the pleasure of a moments respite in the delightful visual reminder of our favourite place.
Sean and Louise Wareing, Urmston 2015
Solo Exhibition at Gallery Oldham 2016
I like the diversity of styles, especially the oil on gesso collection. More people should know about this artist.
Phil Ashton, Media City
Very three dimensional and creative with lots of bold bright colours.
Nicola Riley, Oldham, Aged 10.
Fabulous, inspirational and amazing, I have seen this exhibition before and still love it.
Nesar Choudary, Oldham. aged 18
Workshops in the studio. Ongoing 2013-
Diana has been an inspiration to me and I love the way she creates atmosphere in her work.
Cheryl Eastwood, Dobcross
Tinnitus Exhibition 2014
Di’s work takes me on a journey through wild, windswept landscapes. Some are bright and heretic, whilst others have a dark sense of foreboding. The “Noises” works, a personal favourite give a great visual insight into the aural world of tinnitus.
Cath Hill, Diggle