Dianne McNaughton

Website: http://www.diannemcnaughtonart.com

Email: dianne.mcnaughton@yahoo.com

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Reflections, Acrylic Ink, 255 x 200mm

Rockpool #2, Acrylic Ink, 255 x 200mm

Rockpool #3, Acrylic Ink, 200 x 255mm

Cape Connection #7, Acrylic, 500 x 610mm

Cape Connection #1, Acrylic, 900 x 920mm


Painting has become my vehicle of expressing thoughts, emotions and passions using the poetic, musical and universal visual language of art. It has allowed me to discover who I am and find out what I have to say at a subconscious level, where all the genetic knowledge and every experience since early childhood is stored away, waiting to be tapped into. The subconscious mind is the source of a unique frame of reference because it speaks the language of feeling and symbolism.
I love to paint intuitively, emerging myself in the painting process and allowing the work to dictate the direction of the painting. A dialogue with the painting can lead to many transformations; it may germinate thoughts, ideas and feelings which may then be transformed into visual images. I am currently exploring the themes of earth, water and light and their relationship. My paintings may take me on a figurative or abstract path, often transforming the painting as it progresses.

I am also inspired by the beauty of nature and love to capture fleeting moments while painting outdoors and I am an enthusiastic urban sketcher and love to record what I see in the world around me.


Dianne has recently moved to Fife, Scotland after spending many years in Cape Town, South Africa. She has been painting since 1993, exploring a variety of media through personal experimentation. She has been inspired by Margie Johnson, Jill Trappler and Judith Mason. She is inspired by the beauty of nature and loves to capture fleeting moments while painting outdoors. She is an enthusiastic urban sketcher and loves to record what she sees in the world around her. Her style of work ranges from figurative through to abstract.
She has participated in various group exhibitions since 1995, held by the South African Society of Artists, Original Cape Art, Art Portfolio and Christopher Moller Art. Her paintings can be found in private collections in South Africa, U.K., U.S.A, Germany and Jordan.
She teaches watercolour and acrylic painting and iPad digital art and has conducted demonstrations of her painting process and workshops for the Constantiaberg, Blaawberg and the Western Province Art Societies in Cape Town.
Dianne won the prestigious Eleanor Palmer Trophy for best painting for the South African Society of Artists in 2001 and won Best Painting at the Blaawberg Art Society Annual Exhibition in 2010.