Diane McPhail is an artist, poet, author, therapist, teacher, minister, and retreat leader. She holds an M.F.A. in studio art and an M.A. in clinical art therapy. Her Doctorate in Ministry focused on creativity and spirituality.
In 2011, she was chosen to participate in a symposium in Winter Park, FL, with internationally renowned theologian, Marcus Borg. She was consultant for artists participating in 2012 with John Dominic Crossan and in 2013 with Matthew Fox, under whom she completed her Doctorate.
Diane was Director of Ariel Gallery at Tula in Atlanta for nine years. She has curated major regional exhibitions. She designed and directed the outpatient art therapy program for Northside Hospital in Atlanta. She has taught privately, for the Atlanta College of Art and The Bascom Center for the Arts in Highlands, NC.
Diane’s thirteen-figure experimental installation, penetralia, was commissioned for the center of Lenox Park in Atlanta. The Bascom has featured an interactive exhibition of the original pieces. The work is featured in Keith Smith’s definitive text on artists’ books, The Structure of the Visual Book, rev. ed.
Her exhibition history includes numerous juried, group, collaborative
and one-woman exhibitions. Her work is represented in prestigious private, university, and corporate collections, regionally and internationally. Most notable, perhaps, is her work in the collection of Halle Berry. She has led retreats on creativity and spirituality for over twenty years.
Diane's debut historical novel, THE ABOLITIONISTS DAUGHTER, was released from Kensington Publishing in May of 2019 and is receiving attention nationwide. She has appeared on TV in Los Angeles, presented at numerous literary festivals, and smaller invitational presentations. She is currently in the process of writing a second novel, in addition to her painting.