About Me

My mother says I was born with a paintbrush in hand, and when I look back at my life, that was probably true.  I don’t remember much of the detail of my early childhood, but I do remember that art was very much a part of it.  I was born and raised by the sea in Australia where the treasure to be found in a rock pool was more valuable than the crown jewels. I grew up alongside three very talented and vivacious siblings, each with their own unique potential. Our house was filled with energy, laughter, and arguments over the bathroom. 


I graduated from college and spent several jam-packed decades working and traveling the world as a woman alone, exploring, sketching and writing about my life-changing experiences. I met my husband on the roof of the world, trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp, two years later our daughter was born, and four years after that our son arrived, 16 weeks premature (his story can be found here) Within the blink of an eye, our rather predictable and simple life was promptly turned upside down. After five months in the NICU, 2 years on oxygen and a medical regime that would give you whiplash, he is now thriving. He’s taught me that life is rarely what you expect, and never what you plan.

Today I live far from my homeland down-under, in rural Iowa, where my attempts at growing a veggie garden have been disastrous. I am a mother; artist; writer; and teacher (not necessarily in that order) and I can tell you that that paintbrush is still in my hand. Throughout my life I have been driven by my desire to create and as the years have passed, art has remained my anchor.

I love color and I particularly love sparkle and shimmer. I often find that a piece is not finished until it pops off the page with energy and illumination, I draw most of my inspiration from nature and will use her many faces to fuel my work. My journals and sketchbooks are filled with luscious, shimmering pages; they are treasured expressions of my endless adventures. I hope you will join me on some of these adventures as we swim in a silky, twinkling ocean of shimmer.
xx Dion.

17 comments:

  1. Your blog is lovely. Congratulations on getting up and running. All the best to you and your family - Chris

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  3. (sorry - tried to edit and had to delete it)
    Hi! I've tracked down your blog - it's really lovely! I was in the Alisa's Burke's watercolour Bliss class with you. Seems we both love bright, strong colours :) I've added you to me blog list as I really enjoy your work.
    Leigh
    rubybarr.blogspot.com

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  4. can I comment as non blogger??
    well if I can, I am enjoying your flickR pics thank you dion, and trying some of your black gesso and white gel roller ideas...thank you so much.
    and I love your blog pages uncluttered with links and ads and other things, .....as they are, they are very clear and therefore tempting to read.....fort me anyhow. Thanks for being generous enough to share yourself online.

    katie flowers hong kong xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Your colors are overwhelmingly beautiful. Love your work. So glad I found you.

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  6. found you on Milliande! Love your "work" (play?) I'm just getting my blog started... www.whole-heartedart.blogspot.com I want to do workshops with women, healing, creative, not sure how it's gonna look... maybe we'll do something together!

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  7. Dion
    You have described your life beautifully, and I am glad that I have had a chance to be a part of it!
    Xoxo - D

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  8. Hi Dion,
    I'm Dianna's friend Ann from California. This is a lovely and refreshing site. Congratulations and a great future ahead.

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    1. Hello Ann, so lovely to see you here, although it's been sometime since you left your comment. Hugs xx

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  9. Hello Dion, I've just found your website and am so glad I have. I love anything sparkly and glittery, and love water on leaves, the rain, the sea, and rock pools. I started painting again in January after a 25 year gap. I can't seem to stop! It is like meeting an old friend again and being filled with joy. I also design and make jewellery (I have a passion for gemstones and wire) I look forward to taking a look around your blog and seeing more of your art. I hope you're having a great day. Em :)
    You can find my blog at http://mimiandtilly.blogspot.com

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  10. Dion...I would love to take a class. Never took an online class, do you tell us what to buy, what if the computer goes bonkers on the day of class?
    Kayak Sue

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    1. Lol...those silly computers make life unpredictable. I give you a supplies list in all my classes. My new classes are in private blogs with unlimited access, so if your computer is playing up one day, you can still access it the next. Hugs xx

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  11. What a gorgeous write up about yourself, I love it.
    You sound so interesting and you have a zest for life.
    I think most people who create do have azest for life, and it shows in the lovely things they make.
    Michelle x

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  12. I can't believe that today is the first time I've met you...I'm a follower and great fan of your art of course, but I've never thought to delve a little deeper into your personal life. I loved getting to know you a little more through your writing and photos. Thank you for sharing your story so far...I'll look forward to visiting again soon.
    Keep inspiring....your work is a feast for the eyes! x♥x

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  13. Dion,
    I've been enjoying your art work from a far!! I"m so glad to find your blog and get to know you and your art! Thank you so much for sharing it online! I'm Taking Sparkle Arkle Next!!! Can't wait!

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  14. love your work its beautiful. i found u accidentally thru a link online i was searching for ideas on watercolor paintings and i found u and what a happy surprise

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