Make every day beautiful

It's lovely to have you here!

I’m Diane, a London based artist, wife and mum of two girls. I paint bright and beautiful art inspired by a style popular in the 18th Century called Chinoiserie, pronounced ‘shin-waa-zuh-ree’, literally meaning ‘Chinese things’. I obsess over every detail, from the size of each brushstroke to the tone of each colour. My unique method of painting on silk gives a modern, fresh look, versatile enough to work in any home. I hope you love what you see!

Chinoiserie artist Diane Hill sits on a sofa with a friend, holding a framed chinoiserie art print

From me, to you

I love the impact that a beautiful print can have on a room. It changes the whole feeling and atmosphere of a space, and can have a really positive impact on people which is exactly what I hope to achieve through my art. My aim is to bring the endlessly joyful nature of Chinoiserie to your life so that you too can enjoy its magical, whimsical charm. Really, though, I just love to paint – and I love to share my art with those who enjoy it. Whether you’re a budding artist, a designer or an interiors lover; whatever your passion… never give up on it. Make every day beautiful.

Chinoiserie artist Diane Hill holding a pretty china vase bursting with peonies and pretty pink flowers

The early days

I have been creative right from toddler years. My mum tells me of how I used to draw all over the walls (sorry mum!)! She always had the cutest decorative ornaments around the house while I was growing up, and I’m sure that's why I'm so attracted to the flowery, delicate aesthetic.

Chinoiserie artist Diane Hill sits with her daughter on her lap, in front of a bright and beautiful mural featuring birds, botanicals and plenty of colour, hand painted by Diane

In 2016, I decided to set up my own business


It all started with my youngest daughter Bonnie’s bedroom which I painted very slowly (between school runs and nap times) over a year. I really wanted a Chinoiserie paradise for her, full of bold colours and beautiful birds! I decided to share some snaps on my personal Facebook page and the reaction was bigger than I could have imagined. It was shared countless times and even caught the attention of Vogue magazine. It was at that point that I really believed this could be a great business - so I got to work right away on building my website and getting professional photography!

Chinoiserie artist Diane Hill holds a collection of her Chinese paintbrushes

The process

I use a mixture of Chinese and European brushes, and a type of watercolour paint called Gouache. All my originals are painted onto paper backed silk. It is silk fabric as you know it, but it's been specially treated and backed with rice paper to enable me to paint beautiful crisp details and smooth gradients. Once my paintings are complete I have them digitised using a specialist precision scanner, which creates a perfect reproduction of the original painting, including the soft texture of the woven silk and every fine brush stroke.

Chinoiserie artist Diane Hill painting a beautiful chinoiserie scene by hand, carefully creating beautiful gradients in her signature designs

I pay meticulous attention to achieving blended gradients

My technique means that my paintings have a sense of depth, as well as ultra fine details thanks to using precision brushes. To achieve the shading in my flowers I use two thick Chinese brushes, one loaded with watercolour paint and one loaded with plain water. I lay down the paint with one brush and then quickly blend the colour out using the water brush. I have to be super quick to get the smoothest possible gradients!

Chinoiserie artist Diane Hill at home in her London studio painting bamboo leaves by hand

The next chapter...

With some incredible collaborations on the horizon, the journey I’m on continues to outstrip my wildest dreams. For me, it’s all about creating more and more ways to make the incredible art form of Chinoiserie accessible for you – so that you can enjoy it in your home, every single day. Whatever the future holds, I hope you’ll join me for the ride!

Behind the scenes...

Painting a chinoiserie nursery - the entire process

Painting a chinoiserie nursery - the entire process

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The making of my botanical and bird print collection

The making of my botanical and bird print collection

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A charity art print for Haven House Children's Hospice

A charity art print for Haven House Children's Hospice

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