About

Working on concepts for clients in the garden
Study for Athena
Phoenix Rising

My original concept for Wild Woman Portraits is starting to develop into a more narrative based platform. I have recently found myself drawn to the concept of Unconventional Women, a term you will see more fully developed as I complete new portraits.
Much of this shift has come about based on conversations with the diverse models who have posed for my reference photos and shared their personal stories as background for character development in the artwork. I am excited to see where this new direction leads my art and writing.
I hope you will continue to walk this path with me and contribute your thoughts along the way.

Professional Summary

Awards

2012 Reflections, Atlanta Branch National League of American Pen Women Juried Show, 3rd Place

2015 Quinlan Members Show Honorable Mention

2018 Georgia Art League Show 2nd Place

2019 Hoschton Heritage Arts Council Annual Juried Show 2nd Place

2021 Hudgens Center Members Show Purchase Prize

Events

2009 – 2011 Art Papers Annual Gala, Participating Artist and donor

2010 Music and Me Juried Show @ Tannery Row Artist Colony, Buford

The Joy of Six Juried Show @ Tannery Row Artist Colony, Buford

2011 2nd Annual Glenn Pelham Foundation donor

2014 & 2015 Painted Backdrops and Event Volunteer for Jackson County Arts Council Annual Gala

2014 & 2015 Folk to Fine Arts Juried Show Participating Artist and Volunteer

2014 – 2016 Family Outdoor Expo Annual Human Trafficking Awareness and Fundraising Event, Participating Artist and Donor

2014 – 2019 Quinlan Visual Arts Center Annual Gala, Participating Artist and donor

2015 Quinlan Visual Arts Center Annual Gala Featured Artist

2016 & 2018 Quinlan Visual Arts Center Juried Folk Art Show Participating Artist

2017 Jackson County Arts Council Juried Art Show and Gala Participating Artist

2019 Hudgens Center Annual Gala, donating artist

2019 Sugar Hill Arts Commission Juried Show Participating Artist

2020 Monroe Walton Center for the Arts Regional Juried Show Participating Artist

2021 OCAF Cut & Paste: The Art of Collage and Assemblage Participating Artist

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration The Savannah College of Art and Design 1997

Public Art: Atlanta Intown Art Box Project 2012

Jackson County Chamber Geocache Project Organizer and Participating Artist 2014

Commerce, GA Scarecrow Photo Booth @ Downtown Development Authority 2014

Gainesville, GA Vision 2030 Public Mural Project on the Greenway 2016

Commerce, GA Water Walk Protect; painted fire hydrants for Jackson County Arts Council and City Hall 2017

Buford, GA Button Art.org Installation sponsored by Spring Hall Event Center

Boards: Jackson County Arts Council 2013 – 2016

Folk to Fine Arts Festival, Commerce, GA 2014 & 2015

Workshops: Positivity Journaling, Mixed Media Techniques

Mentoring: Elementary Level Art Class and Camps for Garden of Discovery Montessori School

Art Badge Workshops for Commerce Boy Scout Troop

Studio Apprenticeships for Foster Children

birdlady@francesbyrd.art


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