John Diehl
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

John Diehl was trained as a classical pianist before ever picking up a brush or palette knife. That love of music permeates his art. John uses landscapes as a means to express feeling rather than capture a scene. Among other emotions, he portrays "joy, peace, happiness, and solitude." John estimates there are 15,000 brushstrokes in each of his paintings. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Florence in Italy, and currently lives in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Artist and Customer Comments

C Snow 11/3/2012 | 5:03 PM

I like your work.

John Diehl 5/14/2012 | 3:26 PM

So happy to hear you received the painting and are already enjoying it. I hope it brings you and your family many years of enjoyment!

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C purchased this artwork. 5/14/2012 | 12:57 PM

hi, i just opened this email and saw the image of "clearing" and thought, wow! what a pretty image, then realized i own this stunning image. it a fabulous addition to our new home as it creates warmth and depth. we love it and love having a piece of new england with us every day. thanks!

John Diehl 2/25/2012 | 11:16 PM

Great to hear you enjoy my paintings! From time to time I do in fact paint smaller 20"x20" paintings, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

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faboo 2/25/2012 | 10:52 PM

Gorgeous paintings! Will def. save up to buy ond one of these. Curious, do you plan to paint any smaller sizes?

K Titus 2/20/2012 | 11:52 PM

I think these are wonderful, they make me feel like I am in a poem.

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A Rotondi 1/30/2012 | 2:57 PM

Hey john, you do really good work. I'm a local film maker from Mass. I have an interesting idea and I am looking for an artist to work with. you can shoot me an email at if you are interested. You can see some of my trailers at Thanks John.

John Diehl 6/15/2011 | 1:13 PM

Thank you, I'm happy to hear you love my work!

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M Hollis 6/14/2011 | 10:59 PM

Wow. Love your work and so did my wife!

John Diehl 2/6/2011 | 8:13 PM

Great to hear you enjoy my art!

hotjewel 2/6/2011 | 12:40 PM

love your work. very peaceful. saving my pennies!

Clearing 470

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

35" h x 35" w x 3" d
7 lbs. 0 oz.


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This painting is part of a series of 13 pieces inspired by the philosophies and techniques of European winemakers. The piece is on a thick gallery wrapped canvas with finished white edges. It comes ready to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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