b. Staffordshire 1964
Dianne paints plants in watercolour on paper and vellum and produces botanical graphite drawings, work that is driven by her appreciation of, and concern for, the natural world. Dianne's career as an artist began in the early 80's when she joined the design team at Royal Doulton China . It was there that she learned the craft of painting intricate floral designs onto china, which helped to develop her attention to detail. Following a move to Scotland in the late 1980's Dianne worked a freelance illustrator before undertaking further study of plants and the environment at the University of Aberdeen. Since graduating with a BSc Honours in Biology in 2006, Dianne has specialized in botanical work with a particular interest in British native species and reproductive mechanisms. Dianne has twice been awarded silver medals by the RHS and has work in the collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh . Last year Dianne received a Certificate in Botanical Merit at the Society of Botanical Artists' Silver Jubilee Exhibition and became an Associate member of the Society in 2011.