About the Artist
Two forces have always influenced me - a love of the natural world, and a constant sense of wanderlust. As a child, I lost myself in books and imagined traveling to those places - both real and imaginary. These urgings to travel and explore brought me to Montana, where I studied at Rocky Mountain College for a B.A. in Studio Art, then to Ireland where I studied at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Finally I found myself in Atlanta for two years, where I studied Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design and received my M.F.A. in Illustration. Though I have since returned to my hometown in Connecticut, that desire to explore still tugs at me and gives me inspiration for my art. I am still searching for new worlds within the world we live in.
I love to illustrate worlds of fantasy and dreams. As a child, I loved reading books about animals and spent hours looking through books with the paintings of John James Audubon. I always loved the personality he gave his birds while creating naturalistic ornithological paintings. Other artists who inspired me include the illustrators Peter Parnall, Arthur Rackham, as well as Susan Seddon-Boulet. I've always loved birds of prey, and this passion continues to influence my art today, where I combine falcons, hawks and owls within the worlds in my imagination to create fantasical realms and creatures
Most of my work is watercolor, and I also work in acrylic, ink and graphite. For the past four years have worked with leather, creating tooled masks and jewelry hand-painted with acrylics. I love trying new media and I always seek to improve, change and grow.
I also love archery and try to practice as much as I can, and compete at a local level. I have volunteered at a raptor rehabilitation and education center since 2010, and help with injured birds of prey teaching the public about raptors with educational programs.
Facebook: Falcon Moon Studio on Facebook
Twitter: Brenda Lyons on Twitter
Deviantart: Windfalcon at DeviantART
Epilogue: Windfalcon at Epilogue
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