Although Johannesburg is currently her home, Diana Hyslop (1949 - ) didn’t always live there. And she wasn’t always a painter. In her mid-twenties, she worked for Marvel Comics in London. On her return to South Africa, she joined the film industry and worked on feature and documentary films. During the 80s, she studied painting, and in the 90s, spent a year at the Santa Monica Fine Art Studios in California, where she spent time between filming and painting. It was only in 1998 that Hyslop committed to full-time painting and has since exhibited widely – both in South Africa and abroad. Her work is largely informed by comics and film, and her work is part real, part magic. She works mainly with oil, acrylic, and digital mediums and draws on the human experience, traversing emotion, spirit, vulnerability, and defences.