Di is an artist who thrives on variety and the creative challenges involved in painting different subjects. Her understanding of colour and form, and how these are influenced by the effect of varying light is truly impressive. Di’s ability to capture light and movement shows in her paintings, from landscapes, seascapes and cattle drives to portraits, beautiful nude and draped figurative works. This versatility allows her to paint any subject fluently.
Di’s love of the bush and all things Australian inspired her to join the “Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria” and the “Victorian Working Draught Horse Association”. There, her love of cattle drives, horsemen, river crossings and the High Country, along with her ploughing scenes, became synonymous with the art of Di King. Her paintings have always included the figure in one way or another. Di’s figurative work is evocative and sensuous, from lovely young ladies draped in sheets or soft flowing fabric with moody back lighting, or dancers, to people in action — on the beach, or in a bar/restaurant.
Di’s thought process before actually putting paint to canvas, she said, is the most important key element in painting. It is very important to establish in her mind what design, shape, composition, temperature, colour and mood her paintings should take. Should it take the form of the classic S shape composition to lead the viewer into the painting, or a good strong line of triangles, which can create an interesting focal point within the painting? Light direction and colour balance are important to establish a sense of rhythm and harmony. From there, it is only the passion to paint the chosen subject.
In 2005, Di took on a challenge that for most would have been too daunting:- to paint nine prominent Australian Celebrities to raise funds for charity. This was a mammoth project, which took about eighteen months to complete. The celebrities were:-
Tommy Emmanuel, Julie Anthony, Hugh Jackman. Bruce Rowland, James Morrison, Rhonda Burchmore, Marina Prior, Graeham Goble and Peter Brocklehurst.
In 2007, Di also painted Geoffrey Rush and in 2009, painted Olivia Newton-John for another charity organization called “Chairs for Charity”, in which the image of the celebrity was painted on the back of the chair and the celebrity signed the seat. These chairs were then auctioned.
Di has exhibited in London, Paris and New York and has had many solo and group exhibitions along with several publications.
She is a well known and respected artist with many awards and credits to her name.
Di is a past councillor and editor, as well as a Signatory Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. She is also a member of the Portrait Artists Australia and the American Portrait Society.