I love painting. I love designing. I want to make the world a little bit brighter by creating images that affect and influence people and that tell a story. After thoroughly enjoying 4 years at Art College I began my professional career designing and illustrating for a number of magazines. My itchy feet took me to Spain where I lived for 6 years and set up a design studio specializing in corporate ID and publishing. Back in the UK I took on a new challenge, to become a secondary school teacher (Design & Technology). After 13 years in education, with the last 6 in the role of Head of Department, I was ready to jump back into the world of illustration & design. So, here I am, a busy freelancer based in West Yorkshire. I am always eager to meet potential clients looking for a practical solution to an artistic challenge. I work effectively to deadlines, (backed with 2 decades of practical experience). I enjoy successful relationships with clients and fellow professionals, (I am a natural born communicator), and my interpretation of briefs is second to none, (I would say my greatest skill is realizing concepts and ideas into finished pieces of work). My finished artwork is created mainly in gouache but I also love using water-colour, pencil, pencil crayon, Adobe Illustrator and photography; whatever approach best suits the job. http://www.dianebarker.com Huddersfield, West Yorkshire