Diane has always said, “Every story ever told is a family story”, and this is how Diane’s books came to be.
Diane refers to her books as my ‘Sarah Book’, “A Big Family Reunion with Sarah Lucy”; and her most recent book, as her ‘Mary Book’, “Mary of The Mayflower”; and another book series soon to be available in digital format, “Creative Brush Strokes”which will showcase her oil paintings, watercolors and sketches.
Her first book “A Big Family Reunion with Sarah Lucy” was written after a successful family reunion, where cousins from all over the country gathered and met for the first time. Adventures and excitement unfolds in the magic of wooded forest, rivers and mountains. “. . .only by knowing your family, is it possible to really know yourself.”
The second book “Mary of The Mayflower” was inspired by her numerous ancestors who made the treacherous journey on the Mayflower. One brave, young progenitor, Mary Chilton, was the first woman to set foot on to Plymouth Rock.
With attention to detail and extensive research in writing “Mary of The Mayflower”, Diane has gained a deeper appreciation for the hopes and dreams of those courageous Pilgrims and the struggles they endured in creating the initial foundation for the United States of America. Diane hopes that each reader of Mary’s story will likewise be touched and inspired to enhance and protect the cherished freedoms of our beloved America. She is an active life member of the Mayflower Society.
Diane has always been able to captivate and hold listeners in the palm of her hand; likewise, she has the talent to capture an image with a brush or pen, creating a fresh response in oil or watercolor. Diane 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.
With all her accomplishments, she claims that her 8 children are her finest works of art. Diane enjoys singing, reading to, and sharing a puppet stage show with her 28 grandchildren. Most recently, she has been privileged to serve as chair of the Leadership Council for the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University.
Diane has exhibited in both one-woman shows and juried into major exhibitions. A First Place and numerous award-winner, her works are represented in galleries and have been displayed in private collections, and professional offices. She has been invited to show her paintings throughout the World including art galleries in Tahiti and the U.S. Embassy Art Exhibition in Paris.
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.
- The American Embassy – Paris, France
- Winkler Gallery – Papeete, Tahiti
- Gallerie de la Tropique – Papeete, Tahiti
- The la Rue Art Gallery – Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
- Plein Air Juried Painting Competition – Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
- The Wisteria Garden – Aptos, California
- Central California Art League – Modesto, California
- Sacramento Art Association Annual Juried National Exhibit – Sacramento, California
- The Ernest & Julio Gallo Juried Art Exhibit – Modesto, California
- The Jade Fon Art American Water Color Society - Asilomar, California
- The Bank of America Art Exhibit - Stanislaus County, California
- The Déjà Vu Art Gallery Exhibit - Modesto, California
- The Sarah-Frances Exhibit - Modesto, California
Diane has received education from art classes, and her art has been inspired by the picturesque surroundings of America, France, French Polynesia and other foreign lands.
- Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Academie de la Grande Chaumiere – Paris, France
- Silvermine School of Art – New Canaan, Connecticut
- Modesto Junior College – Modesto, California
- Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah
- Watercolor workshops with Charles Reid, Dan Peterson, and Mary Whyte
- Painted with great painters such as Charles Movalli, Edward Norton Ward, and abroad with Alexander Zimin of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Stephane Ruais in Provence, France