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So many birds, so little time

“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds

My inspiration for painting comes from nature. A week-long birding trip to Southeastern Arizona 20 years ago was the catalyst that started my love affair with birds. I was so captivated by the experience (15 species of hummingbirds!) that I went on to earn a certificate in Field Ornithology and to live and travel internationally to see, photograph, and paint birds. I currently live and work in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

At the same time I started to paint birds, I moved away from oils and started to experiment with watercolors. My new love of birds and a new medium worked in tandem to create my unique style. My fanciful borders are often inspired by the bird's habitat or, sometimes, it's simply artistic fancy that reflects how I feel about that particular bird.

I hope you enjoy visiting my galleries. Please contact me with questions or comments or a good bird story. (I know you have one!)

With respect for all living things, Judy Boyd | Santa Fe, New Mexico 2020

Left: Having fun at Kid's Camp (front row, green shirt) during my artist residency at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine where I painted at the desk of Mabel Todd Loomis where she once sat to edit the work of Emily Dickinson. It was the experience of a lifetime. Did I mention the puffins?
Birding at Canopy Lodge, El Valle de Anton in Panama, the site of the Cornell Lab's live Panama Fruit Feeder Cam.

career highlights

My paintings have been selected for juried art exhibitions around the Southwest region of United States and in Mexico. I am currently a member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society and the Santa Fe Society of Artists (President 2018-2019). I had the honor of being selected as the Artist in Residence at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine in 2017.

New Mexico Masterworks: March 29-April 20, 2019, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Masterworks: March 31-April 23, 2017, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Cancer Center: June 12-Sept 2, 2016, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Watercolor Society: Winner, Pastel Society Award, May 10-31, 2016, Albuquerque, NM
Artsy Shark Featured Artist 2016
New Mexico Masterworks: April 1-29, 2016 Albuquerque, NM
Tubac Center of the Arts Flight/Vuelo: March 18 – April 24, 2016, Tubac, AZ
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia: September 19 – October 25, 2015, Golden CO
New Mexico Watercolor Society: Winner, Carr Imaging Award, Oct 4-25, 2015, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Watercolor Society: May 10-31, 2015, Albuquerque, NM

Fan Mail

Your beautiful roadrunner now hangs next to a signed Charlie Harper print.  Both prints are in fine company! All the best -- Kare

Thank you for the birding festival calendar. Your paintings are wonderful, full of fun, and attitude. Your pictures are not only beautiful, but they have a lot to say about the bird's personality. I love the depiction of the Spotted Towhee ... I have been a long admirer of the Common Raven. ... Your raven obviously has a superior attitude, daring anyone to challenge his dominance. Sincerely yours, Whitney

I received my eagle print yesterday, as well as the extras you enclosed with it. Thanks for the note cards, I love them! The print arrived in great condition, and I had it in the frame within an hour of receiving it. Take care, Susan  

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