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.
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.
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
- July – began making paint, began painting
- 2019 Interviewed by KUAF about the Ozark pigments and my art (https://www.kuaf.com/post/local-artist-creates-paints-using-ancient-methods)
- Feb- Fox No. 1 accepted into Artists of Northwest Arkansas Members Show, Faulkner Center for Performing Arts
- Feb- Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ 2019-2020 Artists Registry (curator Courtney Taylor)
- Feb- Created a Vision Plan for the Ozark Birds of Prey project
- Sept 2019 – Nesbitt Gallery, Chickasha, OK
- Jan – Mar 2020 – Museum of the Red River, Idabel, OK
- April 2019 – Two of my paintings were included in the Alley Art Project, Little Rock Downtown.
- May 2020 – Goddard Center, Ardmore, OK
- 2019 November- Heritage, Heart & Arts Exhibit, 1894 Gallery, Texarkana, AR
- 2019 November- Group Art Show, Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO
- 2019 November- interview with Lisa Tomey for Okra Magazine (pending publication).
- 2019 December- Oral Heritage Interview with Missouri State University Libraries
- 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.
- 2020 Sept -October – Buffalo River Art Gallery Calendar Contest exhibition/sale
- 2020 Sept – Interview for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, ‘Arkansas Artists Follow Naturally Creative Paths‘.
- 2020 Nov – Audubon Artists 78th Annual Exhibition (juried, online) | Silver Medal/Cash for Aquamedia division
- 2020 Nov -Las Laguna Art Gallery 2020 Portrait Exhibition (juried, online)
- 2021 January – Wild & Scenic Film Festival, placed 3rd in 2D (paintings)
- 2021 February – Spotlight Article in Okra Magazine, Issue 13
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.