DIana Impey was born in Cape Town, went to school in Johannesburg, and university in Cape Town, She has a BA Honours degree in Psychology. She has worked in residential Child Care. In 1986 she moved to London and worked at Amnesty International, and for the Outsiders Club. When she returned to South Africa in 1995, she and her late husband set up a Sectional 21 company called Animal Rehabilitation Initiative, which aimed to help shelters by training their staff and volunteers. Diana has been painting for the past nine years.