| Diana was born on the east end of
Long Island. Both her mother and father's families can be traced
back to the original settlers here on the east end. She comes from
a farming back ground, her family raised Long Island potatoes.
Diana's love of flowers and the land has been a part of her since
birth. Even now her studio is on the family farm in one of the
barns. Diana's brothers, Tom and Ross, utilize the family farm as
a nursery stock and tree farm for their full spectrum landscaping
business, Long Pond Landscaping. Their many services include
installation of Stone walls and Brickwork, Tree and Shrub
plantings, Gardens, Lawns and irrigation systems.
Diana set off to college after high school and attended 5 years of
She received an Associates degree at Mohawk Valley Community
College with a special art program at Munson William's Art
Institute in Utica NY. Diana then transferred to Pratt Institute
in Brooklyn NY to receive a BFA.
At Pratt Diana studied Sculpture and ceramics. The study of form,
space, texture and color has influenced her to develop her unique
style. In the early 80's Diana took the leap into a business that
combined her many talents. Some learned and some intuitive.
Largely her success comes from having a passion for the medium in
which she works in.
Everlastings by Diana was born from this passion. Through the
years her work has undergone many changes. Diana began by growing
and drying many of the flowers that she used in the arrangements.
Through the years her focus has been more on the detail and styles
of her designs. Her personal and professional growth is now
reflected in the highly stylized designs that she creates.
of these designs are influenced from the popular European designs
that are abundant with tightly packed flowers in rows or tiers.
She also has a country traditional style. Regardless of the style,
Diana's work is easily recognizable. Some of the more popular
designs are created from indigenous grasses. These grasses are
very simple yet elegant.
Besides creating these breathtaking arrangements, she also teaches
her craft to others. She offers classes from her studio and local
schools. She teaches children how to craft with the flowers, as
well as other ingredients from nature. Diana also lectures on
dried floral design to Garden Clubs and other organizations.
Diana is a well respected member of the art community
and was formerly the president of the South Fork Craftsmen's
Guild. She also sat on the board of directors of the Water Mill
Museum. Diana's work graces many prominent residences and
establishments in the metropolitan area and its suburbs. Her work
can be found and purchased at the many art and craft shows that she
participates in throughout the New York, Connecticut and New
Jersey area. Due to the elaborateness and fragility of the flowers
and designs, Diana's work can not be shipped.