Artist Profile - Diana Miller

"Sharing beauty with the world through my art is what drives me. I thrive on connecting with others through this medium and would like to inspire others to live their own life doing the things that bring them a sense of fulfilment."


Born and raised in South Africa, Diana Miller has now been living out her dream as a full-time artist from her home studio and gallery at much loved local favourite, Newrybar Merchants for just over a year. Colour forms the basis of Diana’s work – her most recent canvas’s expressing a vibrant sense of energy and raw emotion through pattern, texture and bursts of blushing hues. Favoured by interior stylists across Australia, her stunningly abstract outputs of creativity feature as the hero piece in many a living and work space, enriching rooms with a sense of joy and calm. 

The Centre  Acrylic on linen  60 x 76cm

The Centre

Acrylic on linen

60 x 76cm

Transcendence  Acrylic on linen  90 x 105cm


Acrylic on linen

90 x 105cm

Surrounded by the immense natural beauty of the Byron Hinterland, Diana attributes the slowly evolving nature of her work to her environment, saying that her paintings are “more pared back and the palettes more toned down” in comparison to the more detailed and busy work of her pre-Byron life. She says that “part of this is also a result of an abstraction course with Michael Cusack at the BSA earlier this year, which definitely saw a shift in my approach to my work”.

Diana explains her work and process as abstract and intuitive. "I work with a basic palette and an expressive, loose arm, with no reference point – merely colour, texture and shape as my tools with which to work. Applying paint in layers, my acrylics get brushed on and then wiped off and layered again in a game of give and take-away! Sometimes, something will start to take shape fairly early on and other times the canvas will evolve more slowly. Ultimately when the work is resolved I feel an enormous amount of satisfaction and peace."

Lakeside  Acrylic on linen  80 x 90cm


Acrylic on linen

80 x 90cm

Blush  Acrylic on linen  100 x 120cm


Acrylic on linen

100 x 120cm

To see more of Diana's recent artwork, visit her Instagram at @dianamillerartist, or click HERE

Diana's work is available locally at Newrybar Merchants, Newrybar and Art Piece Gallery, Mullimbimby. You can also find it at Fenton & Fenton in Melbourne, Summer and Salt in Peregian Beach, and on The Block Shop Online.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Retrospect Gallery Exhibition

Fishing Line by Ally Mansell

Fishing Line by Ally Mansell

Pipefish by Kaitlin Beckett

Pipefish by Kaitlin Beckett

Minions by Sergei Inkatov

Minions by Sergei Inkatov

RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER is a treasure-laden exhibition at Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay. There has been an extraordinary response by artists, from around the region and over the seas, to a siren call by Retrospect Galleries for artworks focused on stories of the ocean.

“We were spoilt for choice!” exclaims exhibition coordinator Tegan Bell. “This is a richly textured event, with the layers of stories and images made tangible in the materials used - from canvasses and delicate embroidery to found objects, wood and mixed media diorama the variety of works is truly astounding.”

Rime of the Ancient Mariner (as well as being a very cool Iron Maiden song) is an English poem written in the 1790s by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It is the tale of a sailor who has returned from a long and perilous sea voyage. It's a story that has to be told - an epic tale of elemental and karmic monstrosity. The wizened mariner regales a passerby with his haunting tale of the sea, its dangers, serenity and supernatural experiences. Like the songs of sirens, the tale of the mariner captivates and enchants the listener.

“Nostalgia plays a big role in our stories of the seas and sometimes this has very personal elements as well as a cultural element, as in the work of Ally Mansell remembering her grandfather’s sailor stories while working with popular images of fishermen and mermaids”, describes Bell.

“My love for the water, along with my Pop's stories of what he saw out at sea as a young sailor in the Navy, inspired me to create these collages” explains Ally Mansell. “They are exaggerated, the sea creatures are out of scale, some mythical and dreamlike, just like Pop's stories. I always knew his stories were probably embellished for the purpose of his grandkids' entertainment, but I didn’t mind. In fact, I loved it!”

From the majestic grandeur of Sergei Inkatov’s maritime oil paintings to the delicate detail of Leigh Newell’s painted shell or Marley Myles embroidered Sea witches, the exhibition encompasses the vastness and the minutiae of oceanic life.

The 3D objects in this exhibition are particularly exciting for their novelty and beauty. Danielle Schlunegger (from U.S.A.) creates exquisite dioramas of coastlines and ships, Bodhi Del Mar’s etched glassware is luminous and Kaitlin Beckett brings her steampunk style creations out of the canvas with metal sculpture.

Featured Artists: Adam Harriden, Ally Mansell, Bodhi Del Mar, Danielle Schlunegger, Gabriel Moreno, Hilary Hermann, Isabel Heiss, Jessica Watts, Kaitlin Beckett, Leigh Newell, Leigh Robinson, Leith Walton, Lucinda Wolber, Marine Edith-Costa, Marley Myles, Sergei Inkatov.

15 -29 September 2016
Retrospect Galleries, 52 Jonson St Byron Bay