Biography

biography

Diana was born in Shropshire in 1964 and has had a lifelong passion for painting. She has studied history of art, life drawing, fashion drawing, gilding and, more recently, etching (which she has been studying for the last ten years at Putney School of Art). She has recently completed a course in Chinese Painting and Calligraphy at the Ruskin in Oxford.  Her mother, Caroline Lees, has exhibited widely and her grandmother and great-aunt were also artists.

Diana particularly enjoys painting animals. She has produced paintings and etchings of animals of all shapes and sizes - from ants to elephants. In 2009 one of her etchings (Bumble Bee) was selected to be hung in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and was also featured in the Illustrated Catalogue. In 2010 her etching 'Bending Down to Drink' of a giraffe was also accepted into the RA Summer Exhibition.  In 2010 she had an exhibition of her etchings in Hong Kong.  Diana has travelled widely throughout her life, particularly in the Middle East and Asia. She has been commissioned to produce many different paintings and etchings of animals and these are hung in collections all over the world. She has also produced paintings for various charities including the Armed Forces Fund, Mary Hare Charity and Finton House School.

Diana is happy to produce both oil paintings and etchings on a commission basis. She would be happy to design paintings to fit into a particular room or decor. She is based in Oxfordshire and Hong Kong.

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