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. It is with this subject that I intend to focus the rest of my career, though I may diverge from time to time to make special requests for commissions, or my grand-girls who are not so fond of the raptors and prefer things like foxes and crows.
Timeline: Paintings, Career Benchmarks, Awards and Accomplishments
- 2018 July – began making paint, began painting
- July – Dec: completed Kestrel No. 1, Kestrel No. 2, Kestrel No. 3, Pelican No. 1, Crow No. 1, Fox No. 1, Twisted Tree No. 1
- 2019 Jan- Goshawk No. 1, Goshawk No. 2 “Rhapsody” and the others at the 2019 Gallery page.
- 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- Kestrel No. 3, Pelican No. 1, Fox No. 1 chosen by curator Courtney Taylor for inclusion in the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ 2019-2020 Artists Registry
- 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
- 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
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.