About Diane Morritt
Di is a New Zealand artist who, for the last two decades lived and worked in London, Los Angeles, Cyprus and France.
During her earlier life in New Zealand she was a student of sculpture under the artist Theo Jansen, she achieved a diploma in Art Education and attended summer schools in watercolour with the renowned New Zealand watercolourist Brian Carmody. The latter sowed the seeds of her ongoing love affair with the watercolour medium.
She worked for 30 years as a qualified teacher and as a part time, but professional artist in New Zealand and London where she exhibited and sold her paintings. In Los Angeles she spent a year painting and exhibiting with a group of women artists in Laguna Beach. For the next 4 years Di attended the Nicholas Panayi School of Art in Nicosia, Cyprus, holding a successful solo exhibition of her work in Nicosia.
She spent the next 15 years painting and teaching art in her studios in Wales and southern France, with visits to New Zealand. As well as selling her work directly from her studio gallery in France, frequently to repeat purchasers, her work has been represented by The Art Shop in Abergavenny, Wales and La Douceur des Arts gallery in Thezan, Southwest France. She has original paintings in private collections in Singapore, New Zealand, England, Wales, France, Lebanon and Spain. A talented portraitist she has performed and continues to receive numerous portrait commissions.
In June 2018 Di relocated to New Zealand to live permanently where she has set up her studio in the Waitakeres just out of Auckland City.
She has been attending workshops with NZ’s well known abstract painter James Lawrence and this is reflected in many of her latest works which are by and large completely abstract.