The South Hams, Devon, has been my home for many years. After a teaching career I returned to painting with renewed vision and energy exploring a vibrant approach to my art. The local landscape and coastal areas are incredibly beautiful filling me with awe and inspiration to paint. Visits to my daughter and young family in New Zealand have also provided amazing experiences where the wild coastlines are a wonderful stimulus. Flowers and birds have also captured my interest and become subjects for my paintings.
Delighting in the flexibility, malleability and rich colour of oils, I paint in a contemporary energetic style. I enjoy using a palette knife and experimenting with various ways of applying the paint to achieve the desired effect: knives, brushes, rags and fingers all come into play! My work evolves as I constantly strive to capture the essence of my subject and experiment with different approaches.
Regular exhibitions in South Devon have included the Ariel Centre in Totnes, Harbour House in Kingsbridge,The Brownston gallery, Modbury, The Barn Gallery at Greenway National Trust (solo), SHAF Arts Trail, The Loft Studio at Salcombe, Bistro One in Plymouth (solo) , The First Floor at Avon Mill, Birdwood House in Totnes (solo and group), The Flavel at Dartmouth (solo), Artizan, Torquay, DAN Open Studios, Salcombe Contemporary Art Fair and the RAMM Gallery, Exeter.
My 'Earth matters' solo exhibition at Birdwood House finally took place in October and I am looking forward to exhibiting with three other artists at Harbour House, Kingsbridge, June 13-26 , 2022 in an exhibition entitled 'On and Off the Wall.'
Winter Light at Cotehele by Diana Booth Such a beautiful day when visiting Cotehele in winter. Low tide and the sky and sun were reflecting in the river. oil on deep edge canvas, with white painted sides, 60x60cm ready to hang
Such Wonderful Light by Diana Booth Amazing light on the beach cast by the low sun, looking out to sea, cast by the low sun, reflecting in the ripples on the sand. oil on deep edge canvas with white painted sides, ready to hang 60x60cm.
Red Rocks Reflecting, Wonwell Beach’ by Diana Booth The red coloured cliffs reflect in pools the tide has left at Wonwell Beach. This results in an interesting and beautiful painting. Oil on deep edge canvas, sides painted white. 50cm x 60 cm Ready to hang.
Tulips Dancing by Diana Booth Tulips are so beautiful to bring inside, particularly when they start drooping. This painting in a loose abstracted style shows their beauty well. Oil painting on deep edge canvas with white painted sides, ready to hang. 40x40cms
‘Look Straight Down’ by Diana Booth. The startling view looking straight down from the cliffs seeing a tiny beach and surf at low tide. Oil painting on deep edge canvas with white painted sides, 50cm x 50cm. Ready to hang.
Summer Beauty (sweet peas) by Diana Booth I can never resist painting the beautiful sweet peas grown in our garden each summer. Their fragrance and colours are delightful to have indoors. Oil painting on deep edge canvas with white painted sides. 40cm x 40cm, ready to hang.
‘Waters Edge’ Sketching on the bank of a river inspired this abstract painting depicting water, sand and shingle by the edge of the fast flowing river. similar scenes are also seen on a beach at the edge of the sea. oil and acrylic with shellac on board 40x40cm , in a white floating frame 45x45cm
‘Golden Canopy’ Golden leaves overhead with bright sunlight shining through created a magical moment when walking through the beautiful Dartington Hall Gardens in early Autumn. oil on board 40x40cm in white floating frame 45 x45cm
White Sand, Blue Sea, Swim, Scilly by Diana Booth Amazing white sand beach with clear sea, I just had to have a swim! Distant islands on the horizon. The Scilly Isles are so beautiful, just had to be painted. Oil on canvas in white floating frame. 35cm x 65cm
Exciting use of colour portraying the Tidal Road crossing the River Avon near Bantham Beach showing the iconic stakes marking the safe way to cross. By Diana Booth Oil painted on an acrylic under painting on canvas, in a white floating frame 45cms x 45cm
Interesting use of colour portraying the Tidal Road crossing the River Avon near Bantham Beach. Inspired by a bright frosty winter walk. painted by Diana Booth.Oil on acrylic under painting on canvas in a white floating frame, 45 x 45 cm.
Low tide view from the headland at Wonwell Beach looking across the sunlit expanse of sand and water . painted by Diana Booth Oil on acrylic under painting on canvas in a limed white floating frame 35 x 65 cm
Santorini Abstracted Greek scene based on incredible Oia with it square white houses perched on the cliff edge overlooking the Aegean Sea. 40x40cm oil painting on deep edge canvas, sides painted white, ready to hang.
Santorini Experience Inspirational abstracted view of dramatic Oia , white houses, blue church roofs, clinging to the cliffs above the Aegean Sea. 50×50 cms, oil painting on deep edge canvas, white painted edges, ready to hang