Diane Whalley has been creating, photographing and designing for a number of years across a number of disciplines. She creates 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 sadly struck her family and she was propelled onto a new path, making Cornwall and the charming and ancient port of Fowey her home. It was a time of reflection and learning to sail, with spells in the Mediterranean – Greece, Italy, France, Spain – and many of its islands. This period has greatly influenced her art, photography and designs … full of contemplation, vibrancy, experimentation and expressionism.
With much encouragement, in 2016 Diane established her garden studio and contemporary gallery at her 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 work has been exhibited in London, Kent, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Cornwall and she has taken part in:
Cornwall Open Studios week
Penwith Society of Art associate members summer exhibition 2018
St Ives Society of Art open winter exhibition 2019
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea March 2020.
A few select pieces are displayed at Wychwood Art Gallery in Oxfordshire. Diane’s work can be found in private collections in Paris, Dublin, Italy, Australia, South Africa, America and across the UK.
‘I start with a thought … an idea … an emotion … an image … and my work evolves and emerges in whatever medium I am using. The resultant piece can sometimes appear by accident. I am a self-taught artist and photographer with a love of fresh, pure colour and simple forms that communicate through a visual language … images that speaks to you. I hope to evoke the viewer’s creative mind as well as my creations complementing the settings in which they are displayed. I love the unusual and the simple …
… the imagination is a wonderful thing!’