When I first saw these images, I was really struck by their beauty.  I love the light, the shapes, and the starkness of the composition.  Upon reading the artist’s statement, I fell even more in love with the work.  I would have gone crazy about the qualities I am appreciating now had I seen this artist’s paintings a few years ago when I was making pictures for my junior thesis!

From the artist’s statement: Recent Avian work is a collection of sensitive silent moments; some full of whimsical intrigue, others more surreal and seductive. These paintings draw inspiration from the enchanting and imaginative relationship between women and birds found in traditional mythologies and folklores.

The composition, light and positioning of the subject, creates curious images, which conjure up new “mythological” narratives or creatures within the paintings; using Feathers as armor, and birds as familiars. The sensitive brushwork on the figure’s flesh complements the delicate pattern of the feathers, however the compositions are bold and strong, and the figures are not frail or delicate; the feathers allude to strength, flight and bravery, rather than fragility.

Visit artist's site: amyjuddart.com

Source: Flickr