Diana Mitchell, born in South Australia’s beautiful Waikerie, was introduced to the art of porcelain painting and her personal quest to continue to achieve and expand her talent led her to study with both Australian and International Teachers including Jean Sadler, Mary Patusky, Paula Collins from the USA, Peter Faust from Switzerland and Derek Jones from the Worcester Factory in the United Kingdom.
Following 15 years of teaching Porcelain and On-Glaze painting to a wide range of artist from across Australia, Diana became member of the International Teachers Association, and the Australian Porcelain Art Teachers Association. Winning many prizes within the arts sector, Diana expanded further to include Watercolour, Acrylic, Mixed Media and various works on glass, including lustre work.
Watercolours of very detailed flowers have been produced as ‘Limited Edition Giclee’ prints by Diana with the encouragement and support of her mentors ‘HT’ and Inge Thumm. Mr Thumm originally built and owned the famous Chateau Yaldara, where Diana held numerous solo exhibitions throughout the vintage period.
When Chateau Yaldara was sold, Mr and Mrs Thumm built the Chateau Barrosa and invited Diana to maintain exclusive residency as their Rose Artist. In 2015, Diana returned to become the Florist Artist at the Barossa Chateau ( formerly Chateau Barrosa ).
As an acclaimed artist, Diana was inspired by friend and well known wild-life photographer, Mr Ian Jenkinson who was noted for his high quality wildlife photography, and she subsequently gained recognition in the Flinders Ranges, SA, with many of her works sold to overseas buyers, including from from the United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States of America. The colours of the various bush animals and birdlife have drawn great attention within her art exhibitions including Victor Harbour, and the prestigious Herald Sun Camberwell Art Show, in Melbourne; winning prizes consistently there from 2003. Diana has also received notable prizes from the Camberwell Art Show, The Wildlife Art Life Society, Blackwood rt Show, Tea Tree Gully Art Show, Campbelltown Art Exhibition, and Port Adelaide Art Shows. Diana is currently an Artist for the Art Exhibitions on the Art Trail for the Flinders Ranges, Blinman; SA.
Diana’s foremost passion, apart from the wildlife, remains her watercolour detailed flowers which led her to attend the USA recently and study with Elizabeth Kinkaid and Marney Ward in Canada. This further developed Diana’s expertise and knowledge of both watercolour, media and techniques. Friends, including Paul Jackson (USA ), Yuko Nagayama ( Japan) and Andrea Gorton ( Austria) continue to inspire and encourage Diana’s passion and development within the watercolour arena. Being excited to return as the Artist in Residence at the Barossa Chateau in Lyndoch; Diana continues to be consistently promoted as resident artist with a focus on both floral works and birdlife.
Being a Founding Member, and on the committee of the South Australian Water Colour Society , Diana remains passionate in her support of all Artists in their pursuit of interpreting, expressing and translating their perception of our beautiful planet through their chosen medium to share with art lovers worldwide!