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The gallery has been founded out of my love of art, design, pattern, print, photography and cooking. All things that I have been passionate about since childhood. I am a designer/artist (BAhons degree in graphic design), self taught cook and stylist, and mother of 2 daughters. My farmhouse studio and home (one of the same) is amongst beautiful English countryside and extremely close to the equally beautiful coast of Cornwall. 

Pictures and patisserie are things that help make a house a home from colour on the walls to aromatic baking smells oozing from the kitchen. Making sweet things to eat requires as much creativity in the kitchen as does painting a picture or designing a room in a studio. This gallery is where art, baking, design and family intertwine. It is also a showcase for my design ideas and cooking inspirations, which often come from my family, friends, home or travel. 

Pictures, paintings, prints, photography, pattern, plants, patisserie, puddings, pastries, pies, picnics, parenting and practical makes are just a few things I can think of that begin with the letter ‘P’ that make a place a home.

And here is a meeting place for those who truly love all things art, creative and homely.  Diane x

crumbly whirls

Crumbly and creamy whirls; an indulgence worth the effort. Check out the recipe soon!

Pictures and patisserie may seem a bit of a strange name; the word pictures a little more obvious, but why the use of patisserie? Patisserie is a French bakery specialising in fine pastry; it is a shop that sells pastries and cakes, and it is also a title used for cakes and pastries collectively; and here is a place to find all forms of specialisation and design from the kitchen to the drawing board; and all under one roof! And, besides, I just love cooking, baking and dining! xx

Finally, I hope to share with you several stories, pictures, recipes and artworks of my country and coastal life in Cornwall, with an occasional flirt with other places, reflecting all those inspirations, activities and desires that play a role in everyday life. xxxx

And just one more thing; most of the photography that you see at pictures and patisserie are styled and taken by me. The recipes are developed in my farmhouse kitchen and the artworks created in my studio. I am happy to share, but please contact me first for commissions and permissions on use of images, recipes, art and all that is featured here. Always happy to hear from you!

Diane X


  1. Bridget
    Jan 10, 2016 @ 15:57:34

    Hi Diane
    I found your fabulous website through chatting with a mutual friend. I am currently making brownies (your recipe!) You are such a talented artist and I remember that from our school days. Lovely to see what you are doing now.
    Bridget x


    • Diane
      Jan 11, 2016 @ 15:35:28

      Hi Bridget,
      How lovely to hear from you after all these years. Thank you for your kind words and I hope that all is good with you. And I hope the brownies were good too! Diane x


  2. Helen McKenna-Menges
    Sep 05, 2015 @ 18:56:38

    Fabulous to see your creativity overflowing. I can’t wait to catch up with you. Never stop what you do, your daisy still has pride of place in my kitchen so I can see it most of the time. Your colours are fab and great to see you painting too. Lots of love to you all


    Jul 14, 2015 @ 15:40:35

    Hi Diane!
    Just been on a tour of your BLOG!..I’ts GREAT!……Love your presentation in your Art and Patisserie’s…( of which had me just wanting to take a bite of those delicious cakes)..
    Your Art, expresses you entirley!…..I must say, my favourite is ‘The Red Water Lillies’…with a close second of the ‘Lone Sheep on The Farm’…
    I think your BLOG will bring many interested people wanting to know more about you, your work and your lifestyle!….
    I’m so priverlidged to have such a lovely person as my Friend!!…..Sending you My Best Wishes and Love….Lynne.xxx


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