Diane graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Fine Art Painting and Printmaking, in 2010. She was awarded both the Glasgow Print Studio Prize and the Euan Stewart Memorial Prize, and was selected for the Royal Scottish Academy 'New Contemporaries' exhibition in 2011
Human and animal responses and the built environment are recurring themes in Diane's prints and paintings, where she pursues her ongoing enquiry with habitat and behaviour. Diane's work has consistently created scenes which are reminiscent of a film still, press cuttings, family portraits or photographs, but where characters are out of place, excluded or intruding. The characters are selected from personal photographs, found images, historical record and, most notably, working with mounted specimens, which are costumed, arranged and lit. She has repeatedly used celebratory signifiers such as bunting, balloons and confetti and placed them in urban or deprived settings.
This practice of paying constant attention to the mise-en-scene leads to a body of work that has a deep emotional content and offers the audience an opportunity to engage with the chosen characters, aspects of states of mind, and diverse personal responses to complex social and political pressures.
Diane uses painting to work with more intimate, personal themes and printmaking to explore more urban political themes illustrating how we relate to the built environment.