“I seek magical moments – some dramatic, some serene – to capture in paint.” My passion for painting comes from the powerful connection I feel to the landscape. Here, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; the marshes and estuaries, and the quality of the light from the big open sky, all tantalize me. Can I reach out and grab them, and reduce them to paint? In my figurative work, I am challenged to build the human form from a few essential elements – shapes, values and color – which become people as I paint. When painting still life, I focus on simple forms with dramatic light — long shadows and highlights. My goal as a painter is to create paintings which grab the viewer with their energy yet also speak quietly, with poetic and soulful passages.
Born in Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay, Diane grew up in rural southeastern Pennsylvania and attended Tyler School of Art of Temple University. She has been an art director in women’s fashion, a graphic designer in New York City, an antiques seller in Washington, DC, and an art gallery consultant in Easton, Maryland. Now, she paints full time and is an instructor at the Academy Art Museum. Diane originated and mentors the monthly paint out “Saturdays en Plein Air,” sponsored by the Academy. Plein Air Magazine states, in a featured article about Mullaly, “Small, Vibrant Palette Knife Painting,” February/March 2018, “Shortly after discovering palette knife painting, this Maryland artist established a set of materials and techniques that now allow her to create intuitive responses to the color, light and texture of the landscape.” Diane has been juried into Plein Air Easton eight times, and won Quick Draw awards in 2006 and 2014.