Diana Woods is a painter and sculptor living in Western Colorado. Her primary theme and inspiration is the natural world. "My search is for the inherent radiance and interconnectedness in all things...discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary, exploring the divine spirit in nature."
Originally from Nebraska, Woods grew up on the back of a horse. She feels what she learned from her herd of mares shaped who she is today. In 1980, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history from William Woods College. Upon graduation, Woods moved to Montana to explore the mountains, ski, hike and paint. In 1984, Woods moved to Grand Junction, Colorado and raised her two sons. She became an art teacher, arts administrator and began exhibiting her paintings of horses, wildlife, and the western landscape.
Inspired by the Abstract Expressionist movement, Woods’ paintings are filled with layers of texture, luminous color, drips and gestural brushstrokes. Profoundly influenced by the expressionist’s focus on the unconscious, she intuitively allows the images to emerge as she moves across the canvas. Myths and archetypal symbols often surround the stories in her work. Her work is also inspired by Chinese painting traditions and Taoist philosophy's aspiration for harmonious connections between man, nature and the cosmos.
In the last decade, Woods has expanded her creative repertoire to include sculpture. She has always enjoyed combing beaches and exploring metal salvage yards for beautiful shapes and patinas. Following in the tradition of assemblage art, Woods began using these found metals, wire, driftwood and rocks in her paintings and sculptures. The effect is primal and each piece exudes a quiet yet powerful presence.
Woods work is in public collections across the country including Coors Brewery, Golden, Colorado; Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, Wyoming; The University of New Mexico Cancer Research Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico; St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado; Grand Junction City Hall; Mesa County Public Library; The Madeline Island Historical Museum, La Pointe, Wisconsin; The Madeline Island Public Library, La Pointe, Wisconsin; and HopeWest, Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. Woods has had numerous solo and group exhibitions nationwide. In 2009, Woods garnered attention from Southwest Art Magazine as one of “21 Over 31 Artists To Watch”.
Diana’s studio sits at the mouth of Red Canyon, at the edge of the Colorado National Monument.