Diana Adams grew up on a daffodil farm in Canterbury. She studied at both Canterbury and Lincoln Universities completing a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics in 1992 and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1994.
After working as a landscape architect for several years and later as an arts programme coordinator for the Christchurch City Council, the opportunity to exhibit at Little River Gallery saw Diana have her first solo show “Earth Forms” in 2000.
After the success of this show, she started painting full time and over the next years exhibited at Emerge Gallery in Wellington, Artigiano in Auckland, The Salamander Gallery in the Arts Centre Christchurch and the The Artist’s Room in Dunedin.
Little River Gallery was her main Gallery and she exhibited there nearly every year for many years. Locally Diana has exhibited at Sculpture on the Peninsula every second year since 2004. Her paintings are in collections all over New Zealand and the world.
Diana’s paintings and drawings are inspired by New Zealand’s natural landscape, especially the contours of the land. They are not representative of the place like a photograph but hope to evoke the essence of the place, or how it is remembered in the mind’s eye.
In 2013 Diana completed a Diploma in Art and Creativity at the Learning Connexion and during this time stepped away from painting to create sculptural pieces. One of these pieces was selected for the Wallace art awards and is now in their permanent collection.
Diana lived in Governors Bay for 15 years and has only recently moved to Wanaka to seek new adventures with her husband John and daughter Nina.
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