Di Lorriman is a versatile artist being both a studio painter and also an illustrator/ cartoonist. She is a Fellow of the Nottingham Society of Artists, Past president of Leicester Sketch Club and an elected Member of The Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain. She runs residential courses in watercolour and in cartooning at www.knustonhall.org.uk.
Di studied art at Weymouth Training College in the sixties, gaining an Advanced Distinction in Art for her Teaching Diploma. Practical work towards this included pottery, silk screen printing, lino printing, book binding and painting. Since then Di has enjoyed a successful career in teaching and has also accumulated a creditable amount of personal work in the arts. She has illustrated for a number of book publishers and art magazines and been commissioned to complete many cartoons, caricatures and watercolours.
Working mainly in watercolour, pen and wash or gouache, Di is inspired to capture light and movement in the subjects she paints. She particularly enjoys painting landscape and figurative subjects. She is a spontaneous painter often incorporating a ‘negative painting’ technique into her work. Di is influenced by watercolour painters Joseph Zbukvic and Robert A. Wade and by the illustrator Quentin Blake.
Di was chosen to illustrate for Scope’s ‘In The Picture‘ Campaign and was on its London Steering Panel to promote the inclusion of disabled children in children’s picture books. One of her proudest moments was to see her work exhibited alongside another contributor….Quentin Blake!
Di’s inclusive illustrations for the Ashby de la Zouch Museum project ‘The History of Ashby through Cartoons’ are now permanently on display at Ashby Museum. Di received a Civic Award from the Town Council in 2013 for her part in this project.
Di has exhibited at;
Derby Museum and Art Gallery Open
Royal Birmingham SA open
Sock Gallery Open, Loughborough
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery Open
The Foundling Museum, Bloomsbury 2008
Hornsea Library Gallery, Crouch End, London 2008
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, London 2009
Leicester Sketch Club 2008 Awarded Vivienne Hall Prize
Leicester Sketch Club 2007 Awarded Cuthbert Mill Watercolour Prize
St Luke’s Gallery Nottingham, Bond Silver Cup 2001
Bath Grounds Historic Mosaic designed by Di
Art of the Midlands, Long Eaton 2001 Awarded Bill Camm Silver Trophy
Frank Haynes Gallery Market Harborough
Ingleby Gallery, near Melbourne, Derbyshire
Original Watercolour Paintings
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