Diana Calvert is a painter of landscapes, still life and flowers. She often has more than one painting on the go at any one time, building each up from washes.
Composition is extremely important to her, finding patterns, similarities and contrasts in her subjects as even conventionally beautiful views do not necessarily translate into an interesting picture.
In still life and flower paintings she looks for ‘stars’ and supporting casts, trying to avoid an all over look. She rarely uses photographs except as an aide memoire if the weather is changeable.
Diana uses oils and paint on canvas or board. She works directly from life and often works on several paintings at one time.
Born 1941 and brought up in Sussex
1959 to 62 Studied at the Byam Shaw under Charles Mahoney and Bernard Dunstan
Married Richard Martineau and lives and works in Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk.
1979 Elected a member of the New English Art Club and served on the committee 1988 to 90 and 1999 to 2002.
1959 The Ablett Scholarship
1987 and 1991 The John Brandler prize at the New English Exhibition
2001 The Llewellyn Alexander Award at the New English Exhibition
1963- Exhibited in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Various London and Provincial Galleries and regularly with the Geedon Gallery.