Originally from Islandmagee in Co. Antrim, Henshaw studied her BA and MFA in Fine Art at UUB & practised in Belfast at Queen Street Studios artists collective for just under a decade before moving to Fermanagh where she has been based for over 13 years.
Over the past twenty years, Henshaw has exhibited throughout the world in locations in Europe, North America, Asia and Indonesia. She has held numerous international artist residencies in Antwerp, New York, Kerala, New Delhi and Orissa, South India, and has been artist-in-residence in Ireland at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Monaghan, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Mayo, and The Model in Sligo. Henshaw is a founding member of Outland Arts and The Drawing Box. Her work is in many private collections both nationally and internationally.
Diane is seeking in her works to express the spirit of dinnseanchas in a modern idiom, as a ‘cognitive-imaginative mapping’ of the environment through forms of artistic engagement.
Diane deals with the abstract and her work is known for its paired down lines and formulated composition. Her artistic process displays the history of marks of decisions past, of the time spent, and the material layers used to build up her images. The overall impression is that the drawing process may contain anything, but its success depends upon combining its parts into a cohesive, spontaneous unity.