"Italy is the home of my soul."
-Vanessa Bell, Botticelli's Women
Marla Wood is an entrepreneur, artist and filmmaker. *They began their career working in art museums and art galleries. After graduating from University of Oregon with a degree in Art History, Marla went to work in Santa Fe, NM where they mentored with renowned art dealer Ray Dewey at Dewey Galleries, LTD.
A dedicated animal lover, Marla moved to Colorado after their beloved dog was injured in an accident and needed intense care to recover. During this time they began investing in real estate, their family’s business, to fund their travel adventures. It was on the road in Italy that they started writing Botticelli's Women and channeling their love of art history, and the work of Renaissance master Alessandro Botticelli, into a novel.
In 2007, Marla opened the Blue Pig Gallery, which was awarded Business of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce after just six months.
A life-long political activist, Marla was nominated by Congressman John Salazar to join the Vision 2020: Equality in Sight congress in 2010 through which they continue to work for equality in the US and around the world.
After selling the Blue Pig Gallery in 2011, Marla began blending their activism and art more directly by launching Botticelli's Women Media and Maddie Made Productions. Maddie Made started their first documentary—“The Doula's Guide to Everything”—in 2014. They continue to work on social justice issues through this medium.
Marla is a curator and brings that method to all areas of their work life. They have been passionately engaged in making art since their teen years and bring both the maker-self and spiritual self to all endeavors whether business or personal.
*Marla’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their.