Diane Whalley has been creating and designing for a number of years across a number of disciplines, but more recently she has taken to abstract painting, mainly in acrylics, sometimes with oil pastel and graphite detailing. Her paintings, which can be immense and immersive, are often a mix of layered muted colours with splashes of brighter shades, using abstract images and ethereal, painterly swathes resulting in fresh, light and sometimes delicate compositions. Through the layering of paint and mark making can be glimpsed the under painting of images and detailing. But sometimes, Diane goes bold with stronger hues and naïve forms. She paints intuitively from the imagination and personal reflections.
After graduating from Liverpool School of Art and Design with a BA (hons) degree Diane worked for a number of years directly for the media and with public relations agencies. It was after becoming a mum to two daughters that she returned to her love of art and design. At first she worked with textiles producing and selling quirky and colourful pictures. Soon after, tragedy struck her family and she was propelled onto a new path with her daughters, making Cornwall and the charming and ancient port of Fowey their home. It was a time of reflection and learning to sail, with spells in the Mediterranean, taking in Greece, Italy, France, Spain and many of its islands. This period greatly influenced her abstract paintings of today … full of contemplation, vibrancy, experimentation and expressionism.
With much encouragement, in 2016 Diane established her garden studio and contemporary gallery at her new home just on the outskirts of Fowey. Here she is surrounded by AONB and just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Cornish coastline, from where she draws some of her inspiration.
Over the years her artworks have been exhibited in Kent, Warwickshire and Cornwall and she has taken part in the Cornwall Open Studios week. Diane’s artworks can be found in private collections in Paris, Dublin, Australia, South Africa and across the UK.
‘I start with a thought … an idea … an emotion … an image … and the picture evolves and emerges as I work. Firstly, I select my palette and then I paint in gestural strokes and washes. The resultant piece can sometimes appear by accident. I am a self-taught artist with a love of fresh, pure colour and simple forms that communicate through a visual language … art that speaks to you. I hope to evoke the viewer’s creative mind as well as my artworks complementing the settings in which they are displayed. I love the unusual and the unusual often features in my work …
… the imagination is a wonderful thing!’