ABOUT THE ARTIST
Di Cox’s personal and professional life have shaped her artistic spirit. From her idyllic childhood growing up on a north Queensland farm - the youngest of four girls to Italian immigrant parents - to her career in health as a physiotherapist whilst raising her two children in Brisbane, creativity has always been central to her essence.
Although Di's passion for art began as a child - filling hours whilst her siblings were away at boarding school, and nurtured by a local Burdekin oil painter Mrs Weatherston - it is only since 2010 that Di has focused her energies back onto art under the guidance of many Brisbane teachers. Her art often reflects the emotion and empathy that echoes her experiences as a mother, a health professional, and a proud Aussie with country roots. Di’s art often celebrates the strong colours of our clear Australian light, a defining characteristic of her work.
"For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to paint and draw. Since 2010, my energies have been directed towards the beautifully translucent and fluid medium of watercolour; more recently I have been discovering more about oils and acrylics, both mediums which embolden my love of colour.
I’m drawn to painting subjects that are emotive, subjects that stir a memory or a feeling that I can relate to. Being a North Queensland girl at heart, I also love subjects with a quirky perspective, or suggest a cheeky sense of fun.
Art for me is an experience. I cannot say it any better than American Author Thomas Merton: I love that “…art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time".”