About Di Fox

early years three photos of Di and her Dad by lake or water

Early Years

My dream of becoming an artist started from a young age and I often think back to the times I spent painting with my Dad. I left school, with an O’level in art hoping to go to Cleveland College of Art and Design, in my hometown of Middlesbrough. Unfortunately, back in the 1980’s, circumstances weren’t right and my careers officer and parents had other ideas too. So at sixteen, I started work as an office junior earning £23.50 a week and carried on with everyday life. Eventually I worked in Customer Service for larger companies for the next 30 years.

early paintings from when I started painting two seascapes rocky and rovers return

Life Begins at Forty 🙂

At forty one I found myself divorced, in need of something good to focus on, and I started painting more often. Experimenting with different styles I gradually improved, to the point where friends and colleagues started to buy my work and ask for commissions. At the time I could never understand why they wanted to buy them, but I’m thankful they did because it gave me the encouragement and belief to carry on.

My workshop with professional artist Alan Kingwell

Fabulous Fifties 🙂

In 2013 I was made redundant from my Customer Service Team Leader role. It was then I decided to take the plunge and embrace my art more seriously. I taught myself to Oil paint and attended a painting workshop with professional artist Alan Kingwell. Alan is an amazing artist, with brilliant workshops if you're looking for a good teacher..... I started to sell paintings through local galleries and social media, and I won viewers choice award at a local exhibition. I had my first solo exhibition at age fifty which was held at Kirkleatham Museum throughout the Summer of 2015. That same year I introduced my “Pebble Art from the Heart” range of unique gift frames.

wedding photos of Di and her husband and a picture of monte carlo

Wedding Bells!

2015 again, what a good year that was. I married the love of my life, Matt. We had our wedding on a cruise ship and we were married by the Captain, just outside Monte Carlo. (I can thoroughly recommend it by the way, they arrange everything and you just turn up and enjoy yourself.).... I haven't changed my name as yet, and we both can't decide if I should. Some people say it won't be the same if I do because they have a "Di Fox Original". So for now I'm still Di Fox but also known as Mrs H. lol!

abstract resin art artist in respirator mask and a blow torch

Abstract Resin Art

I started experimenting with Abstract art after I met some lovely artists who introduced me to the world of Epoxy resin and fluid painting. This fluid style gives me the freedom to create in a new way. It means I can pour my feelings and energy into each piece, even though the resin wants to do its own thing, and follow a certain path. For me, I feel the process is a bit like life. You never know which way things will go but we can always choose which path we take.

Art Studio pictures inside and outside when being built

Amazing Support

I now have an art studio in Marske by the Sea, in North Yorkshire and I feel very humbled by the support I’ve received from customers and friends, you’ve been amazing, thank you!..................... I have to say that I couldn’t have got this far without the love, support and encouragement from my husband Matt. For that, I thank him from the bottom of my heart. Despite him having to battle with Multiple Sclerosis (M.S) on a daily basis, he is always there for me, as I am for him.

three photos of Sea views that inspire the artist

My Inspiration

I am often inspired by anything to do with the Sea - I have a favourite song at the moment too which I play when I’m working, it’s called “Edge of the Ocean” by Ivy. I’m not linking to it though because I need you to stay on my site and buy artwork haha! ;-)..... You’ll find it on YouTube. I love it.

For me, the motion of the sea is like the ebb and flow of life.  The ups and downs we go through, such as the coming and going of loved ones, good times and bad. Each tide washes away the bad times and cleanses your soul, ready for something good, and a new page in the next chapter of your life 🙂

♥ Never ever give up on your dreams, whatever they are. Life is far too short for that ♥

Di x

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