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Diane McClary is a gifted painter who began working in the plein air genre and evolved over time into a masterful creator of larger and more complex canvases. While many of her images still begin with small plein air sketches, it is in McClary's studio that the conversion to her large canvas depictions takes place.

Diane McClary has honed her painting skills over a period of nearly four decades. Her career began with study under master painters Sergei Bongart and Ron Lukas. Then later, she became a painting teacher herself. And after that, McClary conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, in Africa, in Asia, and elsewhere abroad.

McClary has also carefully studied the work of the painters she most admires: Maynard Dixon, Joaquin Sorolla, Paul Grimm, and William Wendt, among others. While learning from their distinctive painting styles, she concentrated on the compositional structures and color palettes that these artists used so skillfully. John Dixon, son of the great western painter, Maynard Dixon, paid her an impressive compliment when he very favorably compared McClary’s work to that of his father.

Most importantly, McClary absorbed her many years of study and then emerged with a painting style that is unique, different, and fully realized. Simply put, there is no contemporary painter whose work resembles hers. Diane McClary is in a class all her own.  

What makes McClary’s work such a wholly exciting and rewarding discovery is her careful attention to the effects of light and color in an image.  The brilliant interplay of these two key elements, along with her innate understanding that in a well-executed painting, less is very often more, represents the hallmark of her work. She accomplishes this effectively in canvas after canvas, with an approach to painting that requires great discipline, careful planning, and above all confidence in style and execution. For McClary, this process is what brings excitement and joy to her life, and it is evident in every painting she creates.

Diane McClary’s paintings always feel complete. They contain all the elements necessary to carry the visual narrative forward, but there is also ample room for the viewer to linger here and there before moving on. McClary’s paintings are executed in a manner that invites the viewer to go beyond the role of mere observer and instead become a full participant in the experience. Each of her thoughtful paintings carries with it a nonverbal communication that extends from the artist herself. Diane McClary’s paintings are the work of a mature artist with prodigious talent, in complete control of her craft.

    PARADIGM ARTS GROUP


  To view Diane's recent work, click here.

  To read a short interview with Diane, click here.

  To view galleries of paintings & prints, click here.

  For info on art workshops with Diane, click here.


 

 

 

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