Dianne’s arts practice over the past forty years has included working in a variety of areas including pottery, textiles, sculpture, jewellery, painting, printmaking, mixed media and digital photography. Di has volunteered many hours assisting with Community Arts Projects, including Arts Access, Arts and Administration for Theatre & Ballet, applying her skills more specifically to costume, mask and prop production, scenery painting and character make up. Her continued passion for photography throughout her life now sees her producing award winning digital photos. Her preferred subjects include capturing nature (scapes, flora, fauna) across macro, wide angle to zoom lens work. Constantly learning knew techniques, she enjoys experimental photography and manipulating images during post production processes. Years of photographing the world around her has culminated in some of her award winning photographs being exhibited in a variety of combined and solo exhibitions. Her colourful, mixed media, semi-abstract paintings also continue to attract attention – she just wishes she had more time to devote to her artwork!
The legacy of the artistic talent her late artist mother saw Dianne go on to train as a successful Secondary School Art Teacher in the late seventies; in more recent years Dianne has been focussing her teaching skills towards assisting young teenagers with disabilities and learning difficulties. She finds this has proven the most rewarding time of her career. Her varied career as an Arts Educator has seen her work across Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions. Dianne continues to devote many hours to supporting community arts projects across South East Queensland. As her artist brother Bruce Ellem’s sister and carer, Dianne dedicates many hours to presenting Bruce’s work for exhibitions and sale. She is currently an active member of the Aspley Camera Club and continues her membership with a variety of other Visual and Performing Arts organisations.
Mediums and/or surfaces used:
Digital Photography; Mixed Media on Canvas