Author, Artist, Entrepreneur
D’Leane was born in Pretoria South Africa and she married in the late sixties, and it was during this time that her little family moved around the country, living in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Kimberly. She enrolled at UNISA to do her Fine Arts and because of this the family took many holidays to the coast and into the game reserves because of her art. Painting bird life and animals and her husband took her photographs. She and her husband also travelled throughout Europe, Canada and the UK exploring her three great loves art, music and history.
When her husband passed away tragically, she returned to Cape Town and went back to work as a travel consultant, but just before she did she and a lifelong friend went to Japan and they stayed with a Buddhist couple. A dream made possible because her friend had to visit the Head Office of the firm that she worked for.
D’Leane took a decision in 2012 to retire and to sell her home in Cape Town and to move to Johannesburg to be near her children. She holds a Paul Harris Fellow award present to her by Rotary and while serving on the Federation board of the SPCA she presented a white paper to parliament in the 1980’s on why Greyhound racing should be banned and was successful in achieving this.
Her latest venture into writing began in the 1970 but because of life it was put on hold and in 2013 she started working with Alex Smith of SA Writers on a series of historical novels yet to be edited. Of her “lighter” books she claims they keep her occupied because she says, ‘life around me if full of wonderful characters.’