key to a fuller appreciation of the jewel-like oil paintings created by
Diane McClary is in the understanding of her careful attention to both light
and color. What makes McClary’s work such a wholly exciting and rewarding
discovery is the brilliant interplay of these two key elements, and her
innate understanding that in a well executed painting, less is very often
McClary, a gifted plein air painter, controls the mood and the
feeling of her work by constantly striving to accurately reflect the color
harmony that is true according to the quality of light at that very moment.
For her to accomplish this effectively in painting after painting, requires
discipline, careful planning, and an ability to work quickly
and confidently. For many painters, this combination is a risky high wire act that often
produces less than stellar results. For McClary, this process
is what brings excitement and joy to her life. It is evident in every
painting she creates.
Diane McClary has honed her painting skills over a period of three decades,
first under the tutelage of master painters Sergei Bongart and Ron
Lukas, and then later as a painting teacher herself, in the workshops she
has led throughout the US, in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. McClary has also
carefully studied the work of the painters she most admires, Maynard Dixon, Paul
Grimm, and William Wendt, among others, learning from their distinctive painting styles,
and concentrating on the compositional structures and color palettes that these artists used so skillfully.
there is a definitive word to describe this artist’s approach to painting, it is
‘confidence’. McClary is clearly comfortable working without a net, and in
taking risks to achieve the results she is seeking. Her canvases feel
complete, with all the elements necessary to carry the visual narrative
forward, and executed in a manner that invites the viewer to go beyond mere
observer and become a full participant. Each of Diane McClary's thoughtful
paintings carries to the viewer a nonverbal interaction that extends
back through to the artist herself. These are the paintings of a mature
artist with prodigious talent, and in complete control of her craft.
To view Diane's recent work,
To read a
short interview with Diane, click here.
To view galleries of paintings & prints,
For info on art workshops with Diane, click here.