Diane Stone

Author, Artist and Storyteller


“Every story ever told is a family story”, and this is how Diane’s books came to be.  Her recent book “Mary of The Mayflower” was inspired by her ancestors who made the treacherous journey on the Mayflower, including brave Mary Chilton – first woman to set foot on to Plymouth Rock.  Diane, an active life member of the Mayflower Society, wrote this book as a reminder to cherish our freedoms of beloved America.

Her first book “A Big Family Reunion with Sarah Lucy” was written after a family reunion, where cousins  gathered.  Adventures and excitement unfold in the magic of wooded forests, rivers and mountains.  The upcoming digital book series “Creative Brush Strokes” will feature her oil paintings, watercolors, and sketches.


Diane has the talent to capture an image with a brush or pen, creating a fresh response in oil or watercolor.  She explores rich colors, textures with subtleties of form and reflections.

Intuitive, fresh and appealing, her works range from the casual indifference of chickens and roosters, to a seashore, an intimate still-life, or even folds of textiles to elaborate intricacies of lace.

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Albert Mugleston, an immigrant from England, and Southern California Plein Air artist, Diane’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the world.

now available

Mary of the Mayflower


For thirteen-year-old Mary Chilton, every day is filled with adventure. She is surrounded by friends and family, and her windmill house feels like a castle to her. But Mary can’t forget that her family was forced to leave their last home because of their religion, and even in Holland, things are looking dangerous again.

Mary’s world is changed forever when her father announces that they will join the Pilgrims traveling to the New World in search of more freedom and a better life. She must leave her older sisters and friends, and even give up her cat. With only the clothes on her back and her grandmother’s locket, Mary joins her parents aboard the Mayflower and starts the dangerous journey across the Atlantic Ocean.

Mary faces deadly storms, cruel bullies, cold, starvation, and illness. With the help of some new friends and a special message on her grandmother’s locket, Mary discovers she is stronger and braver than she ever knew. But when the unthinkable happens, will Mary find the courage to make her dreams of a new home come true?

"Great read and very interesting! Great for all ages. True story that dives into what people went through as far as hardships and joys coming over on the Mayflower."

− Matthew Robertson

"We all know how the Pilgrims came across the Atlantic on the Mayflower to find religious freedom in the New World, but we have never experienced the trip like this.... I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fictional account of the historic journey and recommend it for young and old alike."

− Kathleen S. Coss

"I really liked this book. I am not a teenager by a long shot, but I love history. Diane Stone has done a masterful job of explaining the Mayflower journey and the Plymouth venture through the eyes of a real Pilgrim teenager... It is this authentic sense of connection with history, and explanation of so many details, which makes the book excellent. A great book!"

− Nehemiah Moore

"... As a credentialed school teacher who minored in history, I was amazed at the new things I learned from reading Mary of the Mayflower."

− Marilyn Heiner

"This well researched/written story takes the reader along with Mary Chilton and her family as they make perilous, consequential decisions and journeys.... We have read this book with our children ~ it is a good read for all ages ~ an open window to a chapter in the history of America!"

− Jennifer S. McKay


Selected Paintings

Blue Vase and Garlic

Oil (Family Collection)

California Poppies

Watercolor (Family Collection)

Yellow Roses

16x20 - oil (Family Collection

Windswept Roses

16x20 - oil


16x20 - oil

Tuscan Pleasure

16x20 - oil

The Green Bottle

16x20 - oil

The Good Ole Boys

16x20 - watercolor

The Chicken Yard

July 17, 2014

Tahiti Tranquille

6.5x8 - watercolor


16x20 - oil


16x20 - oil


15x22 - watercolor

Shock and Awe

16x20 - oil

Polynesian Orchid

6.5x8 - watercolor

Pink Roses

20x24 - oil

Perfume Bottles

16x20 - watercolor


16x20 - watercolor


20x24 - oil

Pacific Cove

12x12 - oil

Orange and Pears

20x24 - oil

O’Learys Window

15x22 - watercolor


16x20 - oil

Morning Sunflowers

20x24 - oil

Morning Meadow

12x19 - oil

Milk Can with Fruit

16x20 - watercolor

Mallory’s Window

15x22 - watercolor

Looking West

16x20 - oil

Kitchen Baskets

18x18 - watercolor

In the Cotswolds

16x20 - watercolor

Gowns in Waiting

15x22 - watercolor

Gold Rush

14x18 - oil

Gleaners of Provence

16x20 - oil

Garden Fresh

19x23 - watercolor

Flowers with Ivy

16x20 - watercolor

Floral Medley

16x20 - oil

Floral Blend

16x20 - oil

Flannigan’s Window

15x22 - watercolor

Ebb and Flow

12x12 - oil


16x20 - oil


16x20 - oil

Carmel Meadow

20x24 - oil


18x24 - oil

California Ranch

24x30 - oil


16x20 - oil


8x10 - oil

Antiques Reflection

16x20 - watercolor

1st Prize

19x24 - watercolor

Blue Vase with Lemon

15x22 - oil

A Quiet Place

12x16 - Oil

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