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.
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.