Diane McPhail is a painter, poet, sculptor, writer, minister, and retreat leader. She holds two Master’s degrees: an M.F.A. in Studio Art and a M. A. in Clinical Art Therapy. She also holds a Doctorate in Ministry with a focus on creativity and spirituality.
In addition to her extensive experience as a painter, she was Director of Ariel Gallery at Tula in Atlanta for nine years. She served twice as curator for Dekalb County Mardi Gras for the Arts. She has taught privately, in numerous workshops, and in the continuing education program of the Atlanta College of Art.
Her exhibition history includes numerous juried, group, collaborative, and one-woman exhibitions. Her work is represented in prestigious private and corporate collections, regionally and internationally.
Diane’s thirteen-figure experimental sculptural installation, penetralia, was commissioned as a sculpture garden for the center of Lenox Park in Atlanta and is featured in Keith Smith’s definitive text on artists’ books, The Structure of the Visual Book.
Diane is in the final phases of a historical novel, based on an incident of extreme violence at individual, family, and community levels, in Mississippi in 1861. Her working editor is Jacquelyn Mitchard (The Deep End of the Ocean, of Oprah fame, made into a movie starring Michele Pfieffer.) Diane has studied writing with such notables as Mitchard, Jane Smiley, Madeleine L’Engle, Anita Barrows, Darnell Arnault, and Ethal Rohan. She has published two chapbooks combining imagery and poetry, and has been a regular contributor to Laurel Magazine. She works, teaches, and leads retreats in Highlands, NC, where she lives year-round with her husband and dog Pepper, a seven pound piece of energetic dandelion fluff. To learn more about Diane McPhail and her work please visit DianeMcPhail.com.