Diane De Roo is a botanical artist who has developed her own unique style. Utilizing the vegetables, herbs and flowers cultivated from her cottage garden, she creates a collection of show-stopping wall hangings. Throughout her 30 plus years of practice, Diane has developed a range of drying, pressing and casting techniques for capturing the beauty of her homegrown plants in her art.
Diane’s pressed work uses delicate cross sections of her subject. She creates these paper thin slices by using a razor to cut through the centre of the vegetable, preserving the roots, stems and seeds. Diane has spent years developing her skills and creating a unique process where she is able to press and dry these perfect cross sections to use in her art. Diane’s finished works en-capture the vivid colours, varied textures and delicate inner details of each vegetable.
In Diane’s latest collection she focuses on traditional representation of herbarium specimens as art. Diane’s cast pieces are directly inspired by this art form and have pushed her professional practice. For her cast work, Diane meticulously transfers the delicate veins, tendrils and flowers of her plants into a clay mold, and then encases them in plaster medium. Diane’s new botanical relief tiles showcase intertwined leaves, herbs and flowers, reminiscent of an exuberant, free-flowering cottage garden.
All of Diane’s work is inspired by her love of nurturing plants in her backyard oasis, her ever- growing interest in art and botany, as well as the calming and meditative place that is her cottage garden. Diane as an artisan aims to draw the viewer in, and surprise them as they look more closely into the intricate beauty of each piece.
Diane’s work has been showcased and highlighted in juried artisan shows across Canada since she started her craft. She has also exhibited in local boutiques, shops and art galleries.
Diane currently resides, cultivates and creates in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.