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Liz Diamond lives in Teignmouth, having made the exodus from the Home Counties twenty two years ago.
“I had a vision of living near the sea and came to Teignmouth, stood on the back beach, and knew this was the place I was destined to live in.”
Liz has worked as a cleaner, Home Help, shop assistant, factory assembler, typist, silver service waitress, social work assistant and Special Needs and Primary school teacher. She is also eclectic in her artistic interests, having been an award-winning poet, a Picador published novelist, a published short story writer, and once had a play she had written performed by professional actors at St Albans Art Centre.
As well as writing, Liz has also had a long-standing interest in art, having worked in pastel, oils and clay. Her main direction nowadays is to explore the wide versatility of acrylics and its capacity for being used with other materials to produce works with significant textural qualities. Liz will often prime the canvas with materials such as wood filler, papier mache, or strips of tissue set in gel, that she will then put gesso on and paint over, producing the richly textured paintings, such as her mackerel and seascapes, that she is getting known for.
Liz took part in the Devon Open Studios this year. Her fish paintings received much positive feedback. “Good enough to eat,” somebody commented.
I was trained by Wilfred Blunt, brother of Anthony blunt the spy, who went on from teaching at college to being in charge of the Queen’s collection. Many years later in 1977 I started writing books, which I found other artists to illustrate including my wife, Annette, who also paints dogs and horses, although I completed many of the line drawings. I painted most of the artist’s work in watercolour first.
Since that time a busy life has limited my production although I have found time to finish several large marine paintings in oils on canvass, which have sold mainly at auction, with two currently in a London gallery. More recently I have been painting in resins on aluminium, a method I have developed which gives great depth and luminosity. The paintings are indestructible and also appropriate for damp situations such as bathrooms.
Apart from my marine paintings I also specialise in less expensive underwater scenes, and sea birds. Having been born in nearby Bishopsteignton, I have had a life long passion for the sea.