Diana Croft, Dorking - Surrey Artists Open Studios
PUBLISHED: 12:07 21 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:00 20 February 2013
Always a social occasion, the shared experiences and get-togethers are just a couple of the reasons why Dorking artist Diana Croft has looked forward to her annual appearance at Surrey Artists Open Studios in June
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2010
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Surrey Artists Open Studios: Saturday June 5 to Sunday June 20
Always a social occasion, the shared experiences and get-togethers are just a couple of the reasons why Dorking artist Diana Croft has looked forward to her annual appearance at Surrey Artists Open Studios.
Having taken part since the start, Diana works in a wide variety of mediums including printmaking, mixed media painting and stained glass, which can lead to some interesting challenges.
I once had to design and produce a full-height front door panel and two windows in leaded glass, says the 50-year-old. I was unused to working on such a large scale and the limited size of my studio meant that the door panel had to be made in three parts.
I was extremely nervous that the whole thing would fit together alright but in the end it worked very well and the client was delighted with the result. I did tell her never to slam the door, though, as I wasnt sure that I could cope with doing repairs!
Inspired by the rich colours and landscape of Morocco, Diana has done many paintings and collagraph prints based on memories of journeys to Marrakech and Rabat. Closer to home, Hampton Court Palace and Polesden Lacey stirred the emotions for another series of collagraph prints with images of topiary.
I also find inspiration in the beautiful Surrey landscape, particularly in the spring and autumn, when the colours are vivid but the structure of the trees can still be clearly seen, she says. Ranmore and Denbies are particularly interesting with the rows of vines colourfully describing the contours of the hills.
- Surrey Artists Open Studios is celebrating its tenth anniversary. For details, see www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk
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