Born in Cardiff in 1934 Diana attended Cardiff Art School from the age of 16.
She wanted to study sculpture but as that was not considered a suitable subject for a young woman at the time she was steered towards Textile Design and Embroidery.
After a successful career as an art teacher in Newport, Diana took early retirement in 1988 and planned to take up her interest in painting. At about this time she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and realised that the symptoms might not allow her to work as she had hoped. But she could still sew and being inspired by the fabrics and handcrafts she had seen on a holiday to Thailand she enrolled in an evening class in traditional quilting.
She soon discovered that machine appliqué in particular was something she enjoyed and could do despite her Parkinson’s. The busier she kept the less aware she was of her symptoms and over a period of more than twenty years Diana produced over 100 quilts and gave many talks and demonstrations about her work. In 1998 she exhibited her work under the title ‘Quilts on Walls’ at The Festival of Quilts.
Diana took her inspiration from a wide variety of sources: The natural world, her travels, art history and literary subjects. In her workroom she had two sewing machines on the go at the same time, one a workhorse and the other for finer work.
She had a retrospective exhibition in Aberdare in 2012 that was seen by over 7000 people. By then Parkinson’s was having a more significant impact and her quilting had to be adjusted accordingly. She took to making dolls and was still having ideas for future projects using fabrics and paint until her death in January of this year.