About Diana Peel
As long as I can remember I always drew something … as a child I was not able to paint the colouring book exactly in the outline , not enough patience. Always wanted to go beyond that and to draw something else. Quite by accident instead of art school I dedicated to music school 9 years of my life, I have never ceased to draw, but my parents were insisting to finish musical school . At 12 years old, I decided that I will be a fashion designer and at 16 knew exactly to link my life with the interior design. At university, I studied academic drawing and painting, with the 5.5 years of study I was convinced once again that classical drawing is not for me. For the painting I received the highest marks.
Having built a successful career as an interior designer and worked for 12 years in design, I moved to New Zealand, where I started my new creative stage.
I am always looking for a challenge. I started painting accidentally. It was not unlike when someone decides to try a new hobby. I was thinking to paint a birthday present for my best friend and maybe some flowers for the living room. Since I came to New Zealand I was in love with the nature of this beautiful country. Especially with flowers of all kinds and shapes which became my main inspiration. I hadn’t painted since university, but this time couldn’t stop. I had this desire to create and explore something hands on. I felt like I had to get it out of my system. I was nearly obsessively painting and painting, trying to teach myself something new and craving the creativity that comes with that.
“I became an artist to translate the surrounding world into my own language. I transform my emotions into art pieces which can say about me more than anything else. The only time I am truly content is when I have a chance to create. My paintings are an emotional manifesto, which emphasize the ultimate visual impact. I use my Palette knife as powerful tool of self-expression. I
transform simple and refined shapes into dramatic scenery of graceful forms , brilliant colours and texture, where they all come together to become a true reflection of my world”.