About Me


I was born and raised Australia where the treasure to be found in an ocean rock pool was more valuable than the crown jewels. After graduating from college I 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, two years later our daughter was born and four years after that our son arrived. Today I live far from my homeland down-under, in rural Iowa, where my attempts at growing a veggie garden have been disastrous.



For as long as I can remember I've had a love affair with both art and nature.  Never knowing quite how to reconcile these two passions, I soon let them wrap themselves around me until they become an integral part of who I am. 

What began as a secret sketchbook habit in my teens soon evolved into a all consuming love of  creating that has now become my life. As a constant student, I approach everything as a learning opportunity, questioning, exploring, traveling, and listening.

The gift of generosity from other artists has been a huge influence in my life, as has travel.  But my greatest teacher has been nature herself! Every day, if I take the time to look, she shows me incomparable beauty in the simple bend of a stem or the gentle play of shadows cast by overlapping petals.  Learning to slow down and see the nuances of the natural world has helped me in every aspect of my life. 

Seeing nature in vibrant colors and patterns and being consumed by a constant desire to interpret her many moods helped me discover a passion for watercolor. 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 pool of  delicacy.  It is the perfect medium by which to do natures extraordinary beauty justice.




This love of water-based media soon expanded into water-soluble colored pencils, and in my mind the perfect symbiotic relationship between paint and pencil was born.  With gentle coaxing, the mediums work together on the page to create a translucency and dimension that lifts the subject out into the world in a blaze of color and detail.

To capture the delicate glow of a flower petal, the vibrant shine of leaf, or the brilliance of  fall foliage in glorious and interesting ways has became my life's pursuit. Nature is forgiving and unpredictable, never failing to surprise me with her perfection and randomness, and allowing me luxury of artistic interpretation and freedom, especially when my skills are lacking. 

She will keep me busy for all of my life, I’m sure.




xx Dion.

20 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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  15. What kind of journal do you water color in? I hear that the paper is so important to have good watercolor results. Since I am a beginner in water color I have not have much success in choosing the right journal. Love your stuff!!

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    1. I think paper is vitally important, especially for watercolor and sketchbooks/journals are no exception. I have used almost every major brand available and without a doubt, the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks are the best you can buy. They have a range of different papers and bindings so you have lots to choose from.

      For journaling I use a hard bound book in either a Beta Series or a Zeta Series. These are the flagship books and they come in a range of sizes. I also like the Epsilon for sketching and light washes with watercolor or watercolor pencils. The Beta is a textured, high quality watercolor paper and the Zeta is a smooth hot press paper. Both are exquisite and both are unsurpassed. Here is the link to their site. All the info is there.

      http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/

      You can purchase them at most major art stores or from all the best online art sellers. Blicks in the US is a good source of all their books, as are Cheap Joe's and Jerry's Artarama.

      Also, If you want to sample the papers, just send Stillman & Birn and email and they will send you a small sample pack of the different papers for free. I hope this helps.

      xx Hugs

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  16. I have been in science most of my life and I am just recently allowing myself to discover my creative side. I have discovered zentangling and everything that shoots off of that. I have slowly been exercising my right brain. Yours is one of the sites that have given my that warm, fuzzy, wanna try it feeling. Thanks so much for your passion. I look forward to investigating more of your pages. (hear that scientific sound there?!)
    Lauri

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