My birds with personality series is inspired by the birds that visit my backyard feeders and others I encounter on my walks in nature. After living and working in New York City for over ten years and relocating to Providence, Rhode Island, I became inspired by cardinals living in my backyard and have been painting birds ever since. Wanting to spend more time in nature, I recently moved to Brownfield, ME in 2021.

I enjoy painting with brushes, oil sticks and palette knives to create a textural sculpted surface. My goal is to capture the personality of each individual character and not just a “pretty” painting of a bird. I see them as wild, inquisitive, feisty, fierce, sweet and shy individuals.

All Images © 2016-2022 Judy Araujo Volkmann