Breaking Rules


Reproduction giclee print



All “Breaking Rules” art prints are reproduced in London using 310gsm, 100% Cotton – Hahnemuhle German Etching paper.

Artist Statement

In “Breaking Rules,” Diana Vanstone presents a thought-provoking portrait that challenges societal norms and expectations. The painting depicts a nurse, fully dressed in uniform, standing against a wall and smoking. This unexpected scene sparks curiosity and invites the viewer to reflect on the tension between professional duties and personal desires.

The nurse’s uniform, typically associated with selflessness, compassion, and dedication.  Now, it takes on a rebellious tone as she momentarily breaks free from the constraints of her role. Her gaze is introspective, lost in thought, as if contemplating the consequences of her actions. The subtle smile hints at a sense of liberation, suggesting that this brief indulgence provides a much-needed respite from the demands of her job.

The artist’s use of warm colors and soft brushstrokes creates a sense of intimacy, drawing the viewer into the nurse’s private moment. The background wall, with its faded paint and worn texture, serves as a metaphor for the imperfections and vulnerabilities that lie beneath the surface of even the most polished professionals.

Vanstone’s inspiration behind “Breaking Rules” stems from her own experiences observing healthcare workers and the pressures they face daily. She aimed to capture the quiet moments when individuals momentarily shed their roles and reveal their true selves, often in ways that defy expectations. By depicting this seemingly ordinary scene, Vanstone invites viewers to reevaluate the boundaries between personal and professional lives, acknowledging that even those who dedicate themselves to helping others can have their own needs and desires.

Ultimately, “Breaking Rules” is a poignant exploration of the human condition. It reminds us that individuals are multifaceted and deserving of understanding, compassion, and empathy.  Even in the midst of breaking free from societal norms.

Technical details

  • ​Size: 42 x 59.4 cm
  • Oil on canvas
  • Breaking Rules art prints come with a tag, and certificate of authenticity signed by Diana.
  • Prints are shipped in a sturdy art tube to ensure they reach you safely.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg