Discover & support Nottinghamshire artists & makers in these ‘virtual studios’, plus by exploring the OSNotts website and by visiting them in their studios and workplaces around the county & city on the dates stated.

  • Visit Diane at her Open Studio on 17-20 June, 2022 (East Notts, venue 12).
    • Light Refreshments.
    • Partial Wheelchair Access – No toilet facilities

Di Sanders ProfileWATERCOLOUR
Di enjoys painting a variety of local wildlife, scenes, plants and animals using vibrant colours and different textures.
Crowes Cottage, NORTH CLIFTON NG23 7AX


Di was born and grew up in London. She attended the University of Keele in Staffordshire where she gained a degree in Biology and went on to have a long career in teaching. A keen horse-rider for many years, she retired with her husband eight years ago to live in a rural village on the Notts/Lincs border, where she was invited to join a local art group, and has enjoyed watercolour painting ever since. Watercolour skills have been developed through the tutor at the local art group, SAA workshops, on-line courses, looking at the work of other artists and books by a variety of artists.


Crowe’s Cottage Studio is a small summer house in quite a large garden with many trees and plants and a large population of wild birds, as well as our hens and a cockerel called Barry.

It is well insulated with solar panels providing the energy for lighting and there is a hot air heating system, which makes it cosy all year round. On warm days there is the opportunity to work outside.


Di’s main area of interest is the natural world, often painting water-colours of plants and animals and rural scenes from the area where she lives. She takes photos on her camera and collects plant specimens when out dog-walking. She may bring plants from the garden into the studio or go out with a sketch book, or paint en plein.

If you are interested in this work, please contact the artist directly through the links above.