We live way off the pavement in the Ozark mountains. For an Arkansas nature artist, there is no better place to live! Wildlife abounds, both predators and prey. There is no shortage of gorgeous natural scenery out here. The minute I look out of the window or step outside our door, there are things to see and experience. Our water comes from a spring high up on the mountain, sweet gravity feed makes a pump or electricity for plumbing unnecessary.
Bears live up on the mountain and they like to wreak havoc on our water lines from time to time. Snakes of all sorts live here, and birds are plentiful. Our creek provides a never-ending supply of pigment rocks that I use to make our paint. I love to share the colors and experiences of living here in the wilderness, and I do that through my art and writing.
. Author/ArtistInfo ________________________________ Madison Woods is a self-taught artist who moved to the Ozarks from south Louisiana in 2005. In 2018 she began experimenting with watercolor painting, using her local pigments. She calls them Paleo Paints. In 2023 she began her journey into the world of oil painting with those same pigments. Her paintings of the Ozark-inspired scenes feature exclusively the lightfast pigments foraged from Madison county, Arkansas. Her inspiration is nature – the beauty, and the inherent cycle of life and death, destruction and regeneration. Wild Ozark is also the only licensed ginseng nursery in Arkansas. Here’s the link for more information on the nursery end of life out here.
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