My art is an expression of the search for beauty and the appreciation of life itself. I believe that beauty is something that should be searched for. It is all around us and it is something that we long for but cannot always obtain for long. Beauty is found in glimpsing moments, in fleeting conversations and often in acts of kindness and giving. My art expresses the continues search for those precious moments and the struggle of man as a sojourner through this confusing world.
I have always been inspired and fascinated by flowers and their delicate beauty.
I love to paint an idea rather than reality. My work is loose, in vibrant, bright colours. Bold brush strokes excite me. My way of working has evolved over many years, and for a long time now I have painted every day. I paint a variety of subjects from landscape to figures, mainly in acrylics, inks and watercolours. It is the flow and excitement of these media which inspire me. My art encompasses who I am: always looking for new challenges and new ways of expressing myself.
I have a bold and dynamic approach to the creation of a new painting. I take my inspiration from a landscape or an element from nature, and I internalise the image.
The image becomes a feeling, then an idea in my mind which I translate onto canvas using bold brush strokes and bright, vibrant colours. I then step back, I contemplate and compare with the idea in my head. I refine, I rework parts of the canvas until I am satisfied. And if, on viewing the painting the observer gets a sense of that feeling, I am gratified.
I am a prolific artist and even though my work is constantly evolving I have an individual and recognisable style. I love to experiment so that I can grow as an artist. I am always open to new ideas and techniques and am gradually becoming more involved with the contemporary art scene.
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Born and educated in Manchester, England, Di 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. After raising her family Di took up painting again in the mid-1990s.
Di’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, seascapes, figures, portraits and flowers.
Di has been a member of the South African Society of Artists since 2005 and from 2010 to 2014 and again in 2018, chaired the Western Cape Artists’ Society.
Recent awards and exhibitions: 2019
Best Acrylic Award at WCAS (Western Cape Artists’ Society) annual member exhibition. Highly commended (Acrylic) in the WCAS Annual Merit exhibition. Participated in South African Society of Artists’ SA Art Exhibition at Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Highly Commended (mixed media) in the South African Society of Artists’ Annual Exhibition.
Top Gem in the Western Cape Artists’ Society (WCAS) “Little Gems” exhibition; highly commended (Watercolour) and commended (Acrylic) in the WCAS Annual Merit exhibition.
‘Best in Class’ Top Gem – Acrylic and Commended Acrylic in the Western Cape Artists’ Society (WCAS) “Little Gems” exhibition. Participated in South African Society of Artists’ SA Art Exhibition at Kirstenbosch Gardens and Greyton Art walk in Greyton.
Best acrylic in Western Cape Artists’ Society (WCAS) Annual Merit exhibition. Finalist in the Tollman Finlayson Art Award (Hermanus Fynarts)
Highly commended (Watercolour) and commended (Acrylic) in the WCAS ‘Across the palette’ exhibition
“My son in law took a beautiful photo of the picturesque Hangklip Mountain here in Pringle Bay and I instantly knew that I had to paint this pic. After finishing it he offered to buy it from me. I had already committed the painting to be marketed by Bright Street Gallery.” – Artist, Doug Phillips
Hangklip, Pringle Bay, Oil on canvas, 900x1600mm, now selling at R11 250