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Name: Diana Hand


I was born in Edinburgh, and I spent my childhood in London.  I initially attended the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, where I learnt an academic approach to drawing the human figure.  This was a good grounding, but I wanted to explore a wider world, and lived and travelled in different places before returning to the UK.  I then moved to Scotland, where I now live, and, inspired by my travels, started a successful business, painting cottons and silks for clothing and accessories.

I am also a recent graduate of Glasgow School of Art School of Painting and have a Master’s degree from Edinburgh College of Art.

During my life in art I have always been searching for a place where I felt both freely expressive and technically competent.  Both components are essential.  Without feeling and expression, art for me is meaningless.  Without knowledge, in terms of both skill and ideas, it is impossible to develop further.  It has taken me many years of study and experiment to find this place and I am of course still learning and still discovering my voice and my language.

The hallmark of my expressive art is simple and direct mark-making which embodies my feelings and my whole being.  This could be abstract colour shapes on cloth. canvas or paper, or black and white drawings or prints on paper.  Often it takes a long period of study for this successful spontaneity to work.  Years of experience and intense focus are distilled into a few quick lines or marks.  I like to work with charcoal or liquid medium such ink wash because they function so readily as an extension of my hand.

Most recently I have been inspired by horses.  I have loved and drawn horses since I was a small child, and I am now rediscovering this delight. I am fascinated by the complex form of the horse and by its beauty, and by the simultaneous combination of great power and sensitivity.  Their energy is a great creative catalyst.  I have deep experience with of being with horses, and I am constantly learning more about them, their nature, their construction and their movement, and they relate to human beings.

In 2014 I was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Glasgow Art Club, and approached  by Ilex/Octopus Press, London, to write and illustrate a book which is now distributed world-wide and translated into different languages.  The Jockey Club purchased the rights to one of my drawings for use in a new development at Sandown Park racecourse, and I was awarded the prize for Best Drawing in the annual “Horse in Art” exhibition with the Society of Equestrian Artists at the Mall Gallery, London.   I had two solo exhibitions in 2016, and more are planned over the next year.

April 2018