About Madison Woods


Hi, I’m Madison Woods. My husband and I live in northwest Arkansas far off the paved highways, a perfect environment for a nature artist.

Ozark pigments

Madison Woods, Artist, Pigment Hunter, & Paint-maker
Madison Woods, Artist, Pigment Hunter, & Paint-maker

There are many fabulous painters in this region.  However, as far as I know, none of them are using the local pigments in their work.

Before I start a painting, I collect the pigments I’ll need to produce the painting. If I’m working on series, then I’ll collect and create enough paint for the entire series before I get started.

Click here to learn more about the paints.

Click here for my artist statement.

Click here to read my general bio at Wild Ozark’s website

Keep reading below for general information about the timeline of my leap into the abyss of art…

Becoming a Painter

My life as a watercolorist began in the summer of 2018. Before that I used colored pencils for drawings. I’m self-taught in all aspects of art. As for the paintings, I’ve only ever used my own watercolors, so I have no idea how they ‘work’ as compared to store-bought varieties. For all I know, I wouldn’t be able to make a worthwhile effort with those at all.

While I enjoy painting anything of nature, I am most passionate about painting the birds of prey. But it’s really more about the predator/prey relationship than it is about the birds, specifically. Other themes that resonate with me include the duality of nature and liminal spaces. You’ll find all of this reflected in my art at some point or another.

Timeline: Paintings, Career Benchmarks, Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2018
    • July – began making paint, began painting
  • 2019
  • 2020
    • 2020 Feb – August, Convergence Show, University of California @ Monterrey Bay & Big Sur Land Trust
    • 2020 Feb 19, Feature article/interview, NWA Democrat-Gazette “Maker’s Corner”
    • 2020 Apr 20, Featured as one of 50 in the Women Make Arkansas virtual showcase event on FB by Et Alia Press.
    • September-October, Buffalo River Art Gallery Calendar Contest exhibition/sale
    • September, Interviewed by Mary Jordan for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette

See my gallery pages to view the most recent paintings.

Madison Woods is an author, artist, and Paleo Paint maker living
with her husband in northwest Arkansas far off the beaten path. She uses paint made from rocks, and mostly Ozark pigments to create her paintings.

Contact Info:
Email: Madison@wildozark.com
Instagram: @wildozark
Facebook: @wildozark

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