Diane Watkins

Diane explains, "In the 60’s a career in Art was discouraged and I was advised to leave grammar school and train for a career in admin.  However, art and craft has always been a golden thread running through my life and over the years I followed that by taking various related courses including watercolour painting with Wendy Jelbert."

diane watkins picture

Once retired, she determined to devote her time to art and over the last 5 years she has widened her experience and techniques with the help of local artists including Emma Rhydderch-Price (watercolour), Peter Seabourne (life drawing) and Debbie Devauden (botanical illustration) among others.

"Having lived all my married life in a rural environment, I find myself leaning towards the flora and fauna of the British Isles and after living in South Wales for the past 30 years my interest has been further enlivened by a love of the landscape and architecture.  This has emerged in two quite different styles of art: the vibrancy of acrylics (using impasto) and the delicacy and detail required for botanical illustration in watercolour.  I recently obtained a first and second prize for work in both categories awarded by the WI.  I am very much a work in progress."

Diane is a member of Abergavenny Art Group.


Abergavenny Art Group's annual exhibition 2010, 2011

Open Garden at Long House Farm, Penrhos for NGS

Her Studio

Diane's studio is in the spare bedroom at her cottage in Clytha, between Abergavenny and Raglan.

Safety Net
Acrylic on canvas
Me and my gals
Me and my gals
Acrylic on canvas
apple blossom
Apple Blossom
Acrylics with impasto

spanish chestnut
Spanish Chestnut