About Diane Connal

About Diane Connal


I began to study art in my 20’s and completed a degree at Sydney College of the Arts in the 1980s. In 1990, after the birth of my son, I returned to New Zealand and continued my art practice. Jewellery design has played a big part of my practice with painting coming to the fore in the last few years.

I live in Waikanae Beach, New Zealand, where my  work reflects my love of the coastline and Kapiti Island. "I have a strong organic feel that runs through my designs and it's linked to where I live."

I work with silver, enamel and found objects, both natural and urban. She works on designs and themes until they feel complete - sometimes this can take years. For recent jewellery pieces, I have been experimenting with old encylcopedia pages and shellac. She has worked with bone and china over most of her career and has taken these materials to a new level. Inspiration comes from interesting textures, colours, forms and themes like politics, the environment and whims of the heart.

Art, in various forms, has long been part of my life. In my teens I constantly doodled in my school books and made objects out of Fimo which I baked in my Mum’s oven.

In 2013 I went to Europe for the first time. I spent my time in galleries, viewing the art I have loved and studied all my life. I came home obsessed with light and the way it falls on people and objects. This lead onto figures.

I wanted to capture the feeling of his look as he glanced up at me and the drama played by the light.