1947 - ?

Diane S. Griffiths, graduated in illustration after which she became interested in etching and attended classes at Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop in Sudbury, Suffolk and has been a full-time painter and printmaker since the 1980s. As a printmaker, Diane explores most relief and intaglio methods to allow the widest response to the world around her and continue her interest in myth and creation stories and, as a painter, is exploring her relationship with the Suffolk countryside, in terms of mood and colour and has concentrated increasingly on colourist work with reference to landscape. In 1987 she moved to Syderstone, Kings Lynn, Norfolk and set up a business, 'Etchings Et Cetera', supplying prints and hand-made cards to over one hundred galleries throughout the UK, including the V & A Craftshop, Manchester Royal Exchange and Paperchase in London also running ‘The Hawthorn Gallery’ in Wells-next-the-Sea. Diane married in 1997, the writer Alan J. Byford and, together with her husband, set up and ran ‘The Hawthorn Press’ producing hand printed, limited edition poetry books including her art book ‘The Bergh Apton Angel’ in response to a community ‘mystery play’ in Bergh Apton and continues to be involved in collaborations with the Bergh Apton Community Arts Trust. During her many years in Norfolk her paintings were anchored in her love of the Norfolk landscape, particularly the farmland and common land around Syderstone, as well as the Norfolk coast and marshland. Diane moved to Suffolk in 2013, taking a break from her own work to be a full-time carer for her husband, but has started to reconnect with her earlier work of printmaking and painting. Diane has exhibited her paintings and prints widely around the UK in both solo and mixed shows including at Aldeburgh Contemporary Arts, the Burcham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk; Kentmere House Gallery, York; Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge; Digby Gallery, Colchester; Cambridge Contemporary Art and elsewhere. In 2003 she was artist in residence for the Poetry next the Sea Festival in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk and was commissioned by North Norfolk District Council to provide a large community-based work for a concert highlighting the Britten Sinfonia. An experienced workshop leader and now teaches from her Suffolk studio and is a former member of Suffolk Open Studios from her studio at 60 Canterbury Road, Sudbury, Suffolk.

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