diane_smThe great joy of painting for me is that it provides an opportunity to sit with and really see the world. I work both in plein air, and in the studio from sketches, color notes and photos that I have gathered as reference on site.

All of my work is essentially about light, the way it falls on the landscape. I love the light in the warm summer months, especially in the morning and the evening, when the sun is low in the sky. Shadows deepen, and colors seem especially vivid in the slanting light. In the winter, the light is cooler, and the colors more muted. However, it is often clearer, and there is a beautiful stillness and clarity in the landscape. I am particularly intrigued with water, how it reflects the sky, but also is transparent, with the objects below and above the surface combining in an ever-changing mosaic.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Boston Museum School in association with Tufts University Additional coursework: Bennington College, MassArt, Boston Museum School
I have studied with numerous nationally– and internationally-known artists including Jeanne Rosier Smith, Liz Haywood Sullivan, Jacob Agulier, Michele Poirier Mozzone, Aline Ordman, Stan Sperlak, Tony Alain, Margaret MacWethy, and John Redmond.

Associate Member: Pastel Society of America (PSA)
Signature member: Pastel Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC)
Member: Connecticut Pastel Society (CPS), North River Arts, (NRA), South Shore Arts Center (SSAC), and Milton Art Center (MAC)

True Grit Gallery, Middleborough, MA
Francesca Anderson Fine Arts, Lexington, MA
Real Eyes Gallery, Adams, MA

CPS, Renaissance in Pastels, Pastel Society of America Award, November 2018
PPSCC, For Pastel’s Only, Dakota Art Pastels Award, June 2018
SSAC, Summer Arts Festival 2017, Second Place in Drawing and Pastels, June 2017
SSAC, Entryways, National Juried Show, Third Place, January 2017
PPSCC, Member Show, Second Place, October 2016
Connecticut Pastel Society, Purely Pastel, Bronze Award for Excellence, June – July 2016
Gallery 334, Milton Art Center, Celebrate Summer, People’s Choice: Best in Show, 2016
UArt 2015 National Online Juried Competition, Best in Show, August 2015
CPS, Renaissance in Pastels, Judith Walo Memorial Award, October 2015
PPSCC, Member Show, Honorable Mention, October 2015

Renaissance in Pastels, Connecticut Pastel Society (CPS), October 18–November 17, 2018
IAPS Members Only Juried Show, November 2018
For Pastels Only (FPO), PPSCC, June 2012 – 2018
Summer Arts Festival, SSAC, June 2018
Making Our Mark, Sprinkler Factory Gallery, Worcester, MA, 6 person show, April 2018
Nocturnes, Juried Exhibition, True Grit Gallery, November – December, 2018
Online Members Show, CPS, 2018
Shapes and Shadows, Juried Exhibition, SSAC, January – February 2018
Renaissance in Pastels, CPS, October – November 2017
Pigments, five-person show, SSAC, September 15 – November 5, 2017
Pastel World, International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Albuquerque, June 2017
Four Artists Four Visions, Sprinkler Factory Artist Space, Worcester, April 8 – May 7, 2017
Signature Member Show, PPSCC, Cape Cod Art Museum, Dennis MA, March – April 2017
Entryways, SSAC National Juried Show, Cohasset MA, January 2017
Members Show, North River Arts, October 2017, 2016, 2015
Member Show, PPSCC, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Dive In!, Solo show. Dolphin Gallery, Hingham Library, Hingham MA, July – Sept. 2016
Curated by North River Arts
UArt Online Juried Competition 2016, July 2016
Purely Pastel, CPS, June – July 2016
Contemporary Realism, Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, Four person show, March 2016
Warm and Sunny, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington MA, , Feb.–April 2016
Group and juried shows, Gallery 334, Milton Center for the Arts, Milton MA, 2012–present
Renaissance in Pastels, CPS, October 2015
UArt Online Juried Competition, August 2015
IAPS 26th Exhibition, Albuquerque NM, 2015
Kirkwood Gallery, Wilmington MA, Four person show, May 2015
Wotiz Gallery, Milton Library, Milton MA, Solo shows, May 2015, and June 2011
Pastel Painters in Provence, Concord Art Association, Concord MA, September 2014
Dot 2 Dot Café, Boston MA, Solo shows, pastels and photography, 2016, 2015, 2014
North River Festival of the Arts, Marshfield MA, May – June 2013
Mad Hatter Gallery, Marlborough MA, Four person show, March, 2012
The Framers Edge Gallery, Braintree MA, Six person show, Oct – March 2011


I am honored to be profiled in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Pastel Journal, in an article focusing on my Aerial series.

In 2017 my work was featured in Pastel Journal in an article about the IAPS exhibition, and in a South Shore Living article about True Grit Gallery.

Coverage of my shows and awards has appeared in: The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, and Milton Times

Juror of Awards: Connecticut Pastel Society, Renaissance in Pastels, 2016
Juror: Signature Membership Panel, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, 2017, 2018

Gallery Chair, Gallery 334, Milton Art Center, Milton MA 2014 – 2018
Organizer of MAC Juried shows 2016 – 2018.
PPSCC: Master Workshop Coordinator, FPO Awards Committee




  1. mehrlich125 says:

    Lovely work! I also live on Cape Cod. I dabble in watercolors. I loved your explanation of the Sandy Neck pastel piece, how you approached the layering and the light, very interesting. It seems a lot of my life is now about “chasing the light”. Marian


  2. Joan Baldwin says:

    I love the image if the boy entering the water in the pastel which I bought at the Pastel Society show. I gave it to my grown son for his house since it reminded me of him at the Cape when he was about 11 or 12. I’m an artist also and I appreciate your skill with using pastels.

    Joan Baldwin


    • Joan, thank you for your comment! It’s so nice to know where the piece ended up. I love that you gave it to your son. I just sold the larger piece that was used on the card for my show in Hingham.

      It’s so nice to know as an artist that others connect with what you’re doing. Is your site joanbaldwin.com? If so, love your work! If not, I’d love to see what you’re doing.


  3. It is so nice to know that those who love arts pursue it because that is what they wanted. I adore you for that Dianne. Not all people knows how to appreciate art and it makes me so happy that there are still people out there who are interested in art. Like you, I love painting, especially the nature. I am so fascinated how the nature looks like and it calms me every time I go take a walk and even just by merely sitting at the park. I am hoping we can meet someday to share our ideas. Keep it up Miss Dianne!


  4. falconjenn says:

    Dear Ms. Sawyer,
    Would you be interested to coming to do a demonstration or teach a class in Shrewsbury? If so please email me at falconjenn@yahoo.com

    Liked by 1 person

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