The exhibition “Foscari Chapter” takes it’s name from the “Villa Foscari” a patrician villa in the Veneto region, northern Italy, designed by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio. Like wandering the gardens and rooms of the villa, Diana’s paintings are redolent in history and tradition inspiring a romantic journey of the imagination. In a genre that is immemorial, Diana’s dramatically illuminated flowers, fruit and fabric are symbolically presented to resonate warmth, nostalgia and intrigue. The beauty of each representation is characterised with strong sumptuous colour and a sense of movement, the artist utilising the baroque tenebrism to draw you in and around ‘vanitas’ of life’s simple pleasures, fragility and transience. Diana states,
‘ I capture and record the fleeting beauty of everyday life. There is a need to share this beauty in a world that is not without its foreboding. My hope is this imagery provides the viewer with a sense of hope and peacefulness.’
Born and raised on a property in rural Western Australia, Diana was drawing and painting from an early age the natural beauty and picturesque landscapes and animals surrounding her home. The childhood creativity led to an art education under eminent West Australian artist Robert Juniper who influenced Diana’s appreciation to represent nature as truth, a value she holds to this day.
Watson launched her own art career after working for several years in fashion. ‘I had a boutique that provided a wonderful necessity to travel to Ito travel to Italy regularly. This was a major influence on the paintings I am doing now.’ During this time her artistic creative skills were focused very much around raising
her children and family life. It was not until her children left home that Diana had the most important resource – time to start painting as a serious artist.
Diana has been part of more than 40 solo and 26 group exhibitions in Australia, Italy and the U.S. Her work is held in collections all around the world and in recent years Diana’s artworks has caught the eye of notable collectors. Her paintings was featured in the Hollywood film Collateral Beauty (2016) (furnishing the home of Kate Winslet’s character) and renowned restaurateur Rick Stein not only owns a still life by Diana but hangs it in one of his finest establishments, where her work also adorns the menus. ‘Foscari Chapter’ is Diana’s first solo exhibition with Gallery One.