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New Acceptance | Regional Art Museum | RAM

My largest painting to date, Whisper, was accepted into Fort Smith’s Regional Art Museum (RAM) Annual Invitational Show. The theme is Metamorphosis.

At first glance, a painting of a cow doesn’t seem to have any parallels with the theme, does it?

It’s not the subject, but the medium. Whisper is 22 x 30″ and entirely painted with bone pigments. The bones were once part of a living, breathing animal. They underwent transformation (metamorphosis) in the fire to become black (char) and white (ash). I made a watercolor paint from those and then painted Whisper.

RAM Exhibit Information

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Metamorphosis on exhibit February 4 – May 22, 2022
1601 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901

Hours: 11 – 6 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays

Phone: (479) 784-2787

Click here to see the process of painting Whisper.


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Author/Artist Info
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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, and her artwork features 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.

Her online portfolio is at www.MadisonWoods.art.

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