Introduction by Jeremy Yates   President Royal Cambrian Academy 

To be a sculptor requires a particular strength of character, determination and skills - more than just an airy-fairy artist, a sculptor is a maker of
something solid, long lasting, something grounded. To be a figurative sculptor working in a medium as eternal and solid as bronze, calls for extraordinary practical abilities and creative ambition. This is the medium of Rodin and the Renaissance masters, or of Frink in recent times.

It requires experience and understanding of the alchemy: of turning flesh into clay, clay into metal and through a process of moulding, casting, refining and patination, resulting in a form and texture that conjures up the human presence once more.
Diane Lawrenson has taken on the task of portraying the figure, often on a life sized or monumental scale - daunting challenge in itself.

Yet manages to convey the trembling, human vulnerability of her subjects, be they portrait studies, powerful masculine figures or delicate feminine frames, as in her justly prize-winning group, the Bronte Sisters. This last subject has an added and wider association, based on Diane's deep knowledge of the literary sisters of Haworth - individually characterised as if in their own setting- the breezy Yorkshire moors, that Diane knows so well. Her achievements have been justly acknowledged by several recent awards for her work - notably the Alec Tiranti and London Art UK Special Sculpture Awards, at the Society of Women Artists exhibitions Mall Galleries London. Diane is an artist of vision and of strength. She has produced work of forceful and creative value - powerful form, that will speak to future generations.