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A magazine journalist for many years, Sydney-based Diana most recently worked at Bauer Media Australia's award-winning homes and interiors title real living as features writer/sub-editor (2008 to 2017). “Di was a beautiful writer, excellent sub-editor and lovely team member,” says Deborah Bibby, then-editor-in-chief of real living.
But before diving into the cushy world of interiors, she explored her interest in health issues. She was employed as writer/senior sub-editor (2003 to 2008) on then-Reed Business Information's award-winning title Australian Doctor, a weekly newspaper distributed to general practitioners around the country. "Diana was employed as a senior sub-editor but was also a writer, crafting carefully researched news features that demonstrated an understanding of complex political-medical issues and compiling sensitive, moving and informative patient stories," says Nadine Meehan, then-editor-in-chief of Australian Doctor.
In the early 2000s Diana proved a journalist can turn their hand to anything. She wrote quarterly newsletter NAQS News for the Australian Government's then-Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestries' "Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy". She was also a contributor to Sydney's Centennial Park's Parklands magazine (the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust is administered by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, an agency of the NSW Government).
In the 1990s, after a tree change, she was based in Hobart, Tasmania where she worked for News Corp Australia, initially editing (yes, another award-winning title!) travel magazine Treasure Islander for five years, then later sub-editing The Mercury and The Sunday Tasmanian newspapers.
During the 1980s Diana was employed as a production assistant by the Arts Unit at ABC Radio while completing her BA (Communications) degree at the University of Technology, Sydney where she majored in Journalism and Social and Political Theory. In the '80s she also worked as a producer/presenter at community radio station 2RSR and in the advertising department of The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.
A few years ago Diana started painting, her subjects often inspired by her local Bondi neighbourhood. Since then she's completed various short art courses and hung in several group shows - most recently the Little Things Art Prize at Saint Cloche gallery in Paddington (August/September 2017) in which she won the Happiness Award. In 2016 Diana participated in an exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery in the capacity of writer. For the Room for Art: Artists and their Creative Spaces exhibition she interviewed 23 Central Coast artists about their studios, with their individual stories accompanying life-size photographic "portraits"of their work spaces - shot by photographer Helene Rosanove - and a selection of their artworks. Diana was also a contributor to RealTime arts magazine in the early days of its publication.
Diana lives in Bondi, Sydney, Australia with her Dutch husband and one of her two beautiful sons. She's regularly volunteered in various roles in her community, including at TEDx Sydney, the Wayside Chapel, Sydney Children's Hospital and the Asylum Seekers Centre.