Welcome to Artwork by Diane Wood

One of Longmont’s cherished artists, Diane displays her work at numerous art galleries and public places. Her home studio is open to all visitors during the September Longmont Studio Tour. If you would like to visit at any other time just send us an email and we will be happy to arrange your visit. Please send any comments or questions to our email address. We look forward to hearing from you.

Diane works in pastels and occasionally in acrylics and oils. Most recently she has studied with Desmond O’Hagan, Liz Hayward Sullivan and Stan Sperlak.  In years past she has studied with Stephen Quiller in Creede, Colorado, and Jane Shoenfeld at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. She also enjoys workshops with Pattie Andre in Loveland, Colorado. Here is more about Diane

“Painting is a joy for me. I hope that the scenes I have tried to capture on canvas will bring you that same sense of beauty and joy.”

Recent Activities .. notes from Diane

On our trip back East to Provincetown (Cape Cod) we were walking up the main street – Commercial Street.  On the second floor of one of the buildings was a dog, probably a Labradoodle looking out and overseeing the happenings on the street.  Ken took a photo and I painted this portrait after returning home.  I called this artwork the “Overseer of Commercial Street”.  It won an award of excellence at the Lincoln Gallery Fall 2012 Festival. 

 A few years ago we had a blizzard which of course dumped several inches of snow.  Our dogs, Lily and Guinness had a great time romptering in the snow.  Ken took a great photo of them having fun in the snow.  It took me several years before I felt I had the ability to paint this picture.  I did paint it and it came out really well.

 I call this painting “Dashing Thru the Snow”.  It will be our 2013 Christmas card.  Dashing Thru the Snow won Best in Show and Judges Choice in the March 2 – 30 2013 show at the Lincoln Gallery.  It was so thrilling to win Best of Show I must have levitated off the floor about six inches

I had the honor of judging the artwork at St. Stephens Art Show in April 2013.  There were several categories and I awarded Best of Show to “Kitchen Sink Windowsill”.  Great drawing, excellent values and color.  This also won Peoples Choice.

Belonging to several art organizations I offer my services to Boulder Art Association where I was the event manager for their 2012 September show at Chautauqua.

I also was event manager for the BAA (Boulder Art Association) and LAG (Longmont Artists Guild) Art Show 2013 at the Boulder Fairgrounds. 

A very special show that featured 52 paintings of mine was held May – June at the Ranch Country Club in Westminister.  What a great facility to show artwork.

Rhythm on the River – July 13, 2013

This event is the biggest and best show put on by the City of Longmont.  I manage the Art Zone Tent and have done so for the past 7 years.  I have personally participated in this event for the past 10 years.  The event has grown in stature and popularity and is a fun family event and is free to the public.  It has been a pleasure to work with many of the City of Longmont’s personnel.

In 2013 I had one of my paintings “Nice Rack” entered into the juried show at Gilpin Gallery in Central City.  The Teller House is directly across the street from the Gilpin Gallery and attracts people to the operas that are performed there in the summer.


Diane had the honor of judging the artwork at St. Stephens Art Show in April 2013.  There were several categories and I awarded Best of Show to “Kitchen Sink Windowsill”.  Great drawing, excellent values and color.  This also won Peoples Choice.

Senator Michael Bennet’s Office displays Diane’s Artwork

I am thrilled to have had two of my paintings selected for Senator Michael Bennet’s office in Washington, D.C.  They are “Days Gone By” and “Catching the Morning Sun”.


Catching the Morning Sun

Offices and Organizations

Currently Member at Large for Thompson Valley Art League.

Currently Director at Large for the Pastel Society of Colorado

Co-President of the Pastel Society of Colorado for 2010 and 2011
Co-Chair of the 2010 National Show of the Pastel Society of Colorado
Longmont Studio Tour Outreach Chairperson

Chairperson of the Art Zone Tent at Rhythm on the River in Longmont for the years July 2006, 7, 8, 9, 10

Member of the following Organizations

Pastel Society of Colorado
Longmont Artists Guild
Boulder Art Association
Louisville Art Association
Gilpin Art Association
Colorado Art Association
Boulder County Arts Alliance
NoBo Arts
Thompson Valley Art League

Rhythm on the River
Takes place the 2nd weekend in July
I manage the Art Zone Tent
This is the largest event put on by the City of Longmont

St. Vrain Historical Society
Puts on two events per year:
Strawberry Days and Pumpkin Pie Days
I arrange for 12 artists to show their artwork

Longmont Studio Tour
Takes place the last weekend in September
I invite 3 to 4 additional artists to join me at my location.

Front Range Orthopedics
Longs Peak Animal Hospital
These two venues have asked that I organize art for their offices.


2003   2nd place in LAA National Show
2007   Won Poster Contest for Rhythm on the River event
Have won awards, but have not kept track
2012   Judges’ Choice at Lincoln Gallery – the Overseer
2012   Award for Pastureland
2013   Best of Show and Judges’ Choice at Lincoln Gallery – Dashing Thru the Snow
2014   Won award for Moody Blues
2014   Won award for Iguasu Falls w/Argentine Side
2014   Named Featured Artist for the May 31st Longmont Artwalk /blockquote>


Albert Handell – May 2010
Susan Oglivie – August 2009
Lorenzo Chavez – July 2006


Marty Page wrote:

You are so wonderful to have be a part of the Sandstone Ranch experience. The art classes and your care and compassion for art and people is second to none.
We can’t thank you enough for your offer to create an art piece to hang in the Visitors Center. We will proudly display  it with your name!
Appreciate your time and talents!
Sue & Marty

An unsolicited note Diane received regarding one of her shows

“While working out yesterday at East Boulder Rec Center I truly enjoyed seeing your pastels. The one with the word moraine in the title especially attracted me. Your ability using white tones, esp. in the snow and sky, is remarkable. So lush and rich. It is rare that I enjoy landscapes. They usually pale beside the real thing. Your’s however have a life of their own, full of vitality. They felt to me alive in and of themselves apart from the reality they depict. Thank you again. Sincerely, Glenn Greenberg”

Nancy Keys, who has purchased paintings from Diane, emailed this comment:

“We have been to several Arts and Crafts Festivals and Art Shows here in South Miami and I have seen nothing that compares to your work. Nothing I was tempted to buy. I love your colors, style, and you have me spoiled.”

Kate Roberts, owner of the Umoja Gallery in Boulder Colorado , emailed this comment:

“Thank you so much for stopping at Umoja Gallery this morning. I was completely delighted when I looked at your images of your paintings. As a garden photographer, I really appreciate the flower and garden paintings. Beautiful work!”