Diane McClary







Diane McClary

Diane McClary

La Quinta, CA


Painting and teaching are my two passions. I believe that they are equally important and that one feeds into the other. For the past 30 years I have been painting and involved in the study of fine art. The greatest influence on my painting style and process came from Sergei Bongart, the internationally known Russian Impressionist artist, and his colleagues, Ron Lukas, Sonny Apinchapong, and Delbert Gish. In the past, I was involved in attending and sponsoring workshops for the artists who worked with Sergei. For many years, I have exhibited, demonstrated, and taught painting and drawing workshops in Washington, Colorado, California, Florida, France, and Africa. I also organized a tour for artists to visit mainland China and study at the Zhejiang Provincial Fine Art Academy in Hangzhou.

As an Impressionist artist involved in capturing the true color of light in various situations, the majority of my work begins with a small painting executed onsite, or painting other forms of real-life subject matter, such as florals or still life compositions. In my plein air painting, I search for scenes outdoors where the color of light and shadow catch my attention. I will paint quickly to catch the impression on the canvas, and later in the studio, the small sketches will be enlarged to larger paintings. In the larger painting, my desire is to include the excitement and feeling that I experienced in the smaller study. Along with painting landscapes, I enjoy painting still lifes outdoors because of the beautiful color expressed on the subject matter that happens with the natural light.

The paintings that are shown here are a combination of scenes from the Northwest, travel, and more recently the Southwest, including many desert scenes. I prefer to paint with oil paints because of the strength of the color and the flexibility to make changes during the painting process. Each painting follows a practice taught with the Bongart School which involves three steps: first, painting large abstract shapes, which emphasize related strong color and value; second, modeling form for more definition; and third, finishing off with small accent strokes. Achieving beautiful color harmony by relating the various simplified color shapes is the desired final result.

Please visit my website at www.dianemcclary.com for further information about me.


Cool waters at Andreas Canyon by Diane McClary


Cliff Chimneys at Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch by Diane McClary


Bell Rock Sedona by Diane McClary


Airport Mesa Sedona by Diane McClary


La Quinta Trails by Diane McClary


Jo'An's Restaurant in Idylllwild by Diane McClary


Hummingbird Feeders in Idyllwild by Diane McClary


Spring Prickly Pear Cactus by Diane McClary


Desert Lupines in Bloom by Diane McClary


Evening Ocotillo by Diane McClary


Beavertail Cactus by Diane McClary


Roses and Chardonnay by Diane McClary


Palm and Sunset by Diane McClary


Morning Color San Jacinto by Diane McClary


Indian Canyon in Spring by Diane McClary


Golden Sunrise by Diane McClary


Cholla and Mt. San Jacinto by Diane McClary


A Walk in La Quinta Cove by Diane McClary


A Walk in La Quinta Cove 2 by Diane McClary


A Walk in La Quinta Cove 1 by Diane McClary


A Red Gate by Diane McClary


Queen Palms and Flowers by Diane McClary


Sunflowers by Diane McClary


Quiet Reflections by Diane McClary


Morning Has Risen by Diane McClary