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Diana Croft was born and brought up in Whitstable, Kent.
She completed a Foundation Course at Canterbury College of Art and Design in 1979 followed by a degree course in Graphic Design/Illustration at Brighton Polytechnic, (now Brighton University).
During her time at Brighton she became increasingly interested in printmaking particularly etching and lithography. After leaving college in 1982 she completed a course in stone lithography in Urbino, Italy.
In 1983 Diana moved to London and worked as a freelance editioner of colour etchings whilst continuing to produce her own work.
From 1985 to 1995 she worked as a part-time tutor at the London College of Printing taking six months out to travel in the South Pacific and South East Asia.
From 1995-1996 Diana lived in Brunei in Borneo, here she ran a series of drawing classes and workshops and learned the art of silk painting. Returning to England Diana set up her own etching studio in her house in Dorking, Surrey where she has lived since 1999. She is now a member of two printmaking co-operatives: Greenwich Printmakers and Southbank Printmakers.
Her work is diverse and includes mixed media paintings, collagraphs and linocuts which she produces using chine colle or multi-plate techniques to create her unique prints. She also works with stained glass, which she finds a very seductive medium. Her inspiration comes from nature, the cycles of growth and renewal, the rolling hills of the South Downs, the arid landscapes of Morocco and the seaside town of Whitstable where she spent her childhood.
Diana has shown her work widely in this country, exhibitions include:
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The Pastel Society Open Exhibition
The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers Open Exhibition
The Contemporary Print Fair at The Barbican
The Battersea Affordable Art Fair
The Oxo Tower Gallery
The National Theatre