Diana Kingston has been exhibiting since she graduated from the Crawford College of Art, Cork in 1978. Robert Hughes' strictures about art schools seeing the teaching of drawing as being hostile to creativity did not apply to the Crawford. She left that establishment with the solid foundation of drawing skills on which all her subsequent work is based.
After earlier encounters with the self-portrait and still life, nature has become central to her work. She is not however a plein air painter. Her technique involves going out into the countryside and taking numerous photographs - usually based on a specific theme. These images are then used as references from which she builds her paintings.
Kingston likes to vary her materials using oil, gesso, charcoal, pastel, pencil and aquarelle or combinations of all these.