After Matriculating at Westville Girls High School, Dianne studied Art and Higher Eductation at the Natal Art School and University of Natal, majoring in sculpture under Peter Shultz.
Feeling that a teaching post was too premature considering she knew nothing about anything except school and books, she left for Cape Town. After 12 years of designing and working within the computer and forms industry in Cape Town and England, Dianne decided high finance and corporate life could do without her and returned to Cape Town in 1995.
Finally, knowing a little more about life, Dianne felt ready to teach and opened a ceramic studio in Cape Town, then later in Paternoster. Since then she has been teaching, exhibiting and generally exploring the ceramic medium and painting in oils.
Her work is found in homes and collections across Europe and within her homeland, South Africa.