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Diana Hand

Painting, Drawing, Textiles

Opening Times


About the Artist

Diana loves to work freely to express her own energy and that of her favourite subject, the horse. Her paintings are also the outcome of much careful preparation, study and experiment as she moves between realism and abstraction to find the essential feeling of her subject. Her current work develops images and thoughts inspired by the horses she encounters in daily life. Demonstrations daily.

Diana is a very natural and spontaneous artist but she finds that behind this freedom there is a huge amount of knowledge and preparation, both conscious and unconscious, When creating realistic works of a moving horse, for example, she now takes the time to explore the underlying anatomy in numerous drawings to make sure she has a thorough understanding of the form before translating that into paint.

She is also interested to go beyond the realistic depiction to find an essence of the subject, particularly shapes and colours, and to arrive at a more abstract version.
She has studied and practised different ways of making art, including figurative and conceptual, but is now exploring abstraction. Her current work is based on images and experiences inspired by the horses she encounters in daily life

Diana’s work is available on- line, either through her own website or through outlets such as Saatchi Art.

For Forth Valley Art Beat 2023, she will be demonstrating daily and would be delighted to meet and discuss her art with visitors.

Diana runs courses in Drawing Horses, details of which can be found on her website,

Diana is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art (Painting) and University of Sussex (Philosophy). She has a Masters Degree in Contempory Art Theory from Edinburgh College of Art.


Take A811 west from Stirling for 6 miles. Turn right at Kippen roundabout to B822. Follow road north across valley for about 2 miles. Turn left at farmhouse (FVAB signposted) Continue west down tarmac track to Easter Poldar. No dogs, please

Additional Events

Drawing demonstrations

Every day I will be working in the exhibition space.

I will be working on an on-going drawing or painting project in the exhibition space, and would delighted to discuss my approach and progress with visitors. There will also be the chance to make your own drawings using paper and charcoal provided. This event is drop-in and informal and there is no cost.


Easter Poldar Farm

Contact Details

Tel: 07403414312
Email: [email protected]
Web: Visit