About Me

Born in the regional city of Ballarat in the Western Victorian gold fields of Australia,
I lived an unremarkable childhood growing up with 3 siblings.  My parents divorced 
when I was 16 and a year later I boarded a train to find a life in the city.  

Melbourne became my home where I took a job as a receptionist to pay my way
through University. Several years later I graduated with a BBA
and began a decades long career in Advertising & Management Consulting.  

 But the corporate world never held my heart.

Throughout my childhood I harbored what was as a secret sketchbook and journaling
habit which eventually evolved into a all consuming love of art & illustration. Now, in the
middle years of my life, it has become my passion and my profession.   

This, combined with a wanderlust for travel and adventure has defined me. 

In 2003, I left the corporate world behind, sold my house, threw on a back-pack, grabbed
a sketchbook and a box of watercolors, hopped a plane to some of the worlds most exotic
countries, and for the first time in my life, started living authentically.    

What’s more, I did it alone!

My love story, where I met my American husband on the trail to Mt Everest Base Camp
then nearly lost him forever through missed opportunity and unforeseen circumstances, is
a wonderful and note-worthy tale, better saved for another time.  

We were married in late 2004, and in 2005 moved to the US where our daughter was born.

In 2009 we welcomed a son who was born 16 weeks premature at 24 weeks gestation.
He spent five harrowing months in the NICU and two years on oxygen.
At age three he was diagnosed Autistic & Intellectually Disabled, and so began a 
complicated, unpredictable, and inspiring life for all of us. 

Learning to stop, sit quietly on a rock in a forest or on a mountain top, pay attention to the path
of a river bend, the mood of a mountain sky, or the curve of a ancient column was what helped
me step out of the rat-race and into my true self. 

Years of travel has quietened my mind and opened my eyes to the
beauty of the world, and the glory of nature.  

The gift of generosity from other artists and travelers has been a huge influence
in my life...as has nature.

But my greatest teacher has been travel. On the road, if I take the time to look, I see the
incomparable beauty in the simple bend of a flower petal or the gentle play of shadows cast
by drifting clouds in some strange place.  I see the subtlety in color changes across water, the shimmer of luminescence over an ancient city, and a rainbow of smiles on the people I meet.   

Learning to slow down and see the nuances of the natural world has
helped me in  indescribable ways.

Seeing the world in vibrant colors and patterns and being consumed by a constant desire to
interpret the many moods and experiences of travel has helped me discover a passion for
watercolor sketching. 

The gentle dance of light and color as the paint plays across the page in a
pool of water, refusing  to be tamed; the brilliance of colors as they blend and settle in deep
pools of  delicacy that will forever contain sharp and vibrant memories of my travels. 

It is the perfect medium by which to do the extraordinary beauty of the natural world justice.

My love of water-based media has expanded into water-soluble colored pencils, and in
my mind the perfect symbiotic relationship between paint and pencil has been born.  With gentle
coaxing, the mediums work together on the page to create a translucency and detail that lifts
a memory off the sketchbook page in a blaze of color and detail.

To capture the delicate glow of a desert sunset, the vibrant shine of an ancient sunlit lake, or the
brilliance of fall foliage as it plays across a mountain range has became my life's pursuit.

Travel is unforgiving yet unpredictable, never failing to surprise me with imperfection and
randomness, while at the same time allowing me the time and luxury of artistic  interpretation.

My sketchbooks and journals are memoirs of my many travels, that even today, years later, bring tears of joy and remembering.

Art, travel, and the natural world will keep me busy to the very end of my days, of that I’m sure.

CONTACT: diondior at yahoo dot com