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Welcome to the virtual studio of the Chicago-based African American artist and author Stephanie Rose Bird. Here you can delve into her visionary insights and read about her creative background as an artist, while having an enriching visual experience.

As with her books on magick and healing, such as "Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo and Conjuring with Herbs" and "A Healing Grove; African Tree Remedies and Rituals for Body and Spirit" there is a focus here on plant wisdom, herbs, earth-based spirituality, nature and the synergy that comes from integrating intuition, spirituality and careful observation, while treading gently on Mother Earth.

Bird's art work is informed by the Wise Woman Way and the Ways of the Ancestors. Her contemporary art is shaped by a reverence for the past with an eye toward the future. As you might suspect, Bird's visual art is colored by her interests in herbalism, aromatherapy,intuition, Hoodoo, Wicca, Shamanism, World Mythology and African American Folklore.

The common thread in her paintings and drawings is an appreciation for the natural world and a curiosity for the world beyond what is commonly known. In this way her work aims at introducing the viewer to new ways of envisioning the world and ways to live within a creative vision filled with fresh possibilities.

A tribute to my inspirations: Henri Matisse and Japanese Calligraphy artists.
sumi-ink and bamboo brush
14" x 11"
2015
Plein art, outdoor study in the early spring of flowers from my Oak Park garden.
charcoal, chalk pastel and bister ink
11 1/4" x 12 1/2"
2015
Light and airy, this piece hugs every inch of the page with its voluptuousness.
Oil Pastel and Mixed Media
8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
2015
Vivid colors such a crispness and coolness in the air when this study of orchids was carried out.
mixed media with colored inks on paper
8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
2015
This piece was inspired by my adoration for the La Danse mural in Pennsylvania by Henri Matisse.
ink and brush with oil pastels
7 1/2" x 9"
2015
Exploring light, form, plants, healing energy and having fun while at it.
bister ink, watercolors and oil pastels
8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
2015
Organic abstraction meets minimalist color field painting in this spring time rendition of an orchid arrangement.
Mixed Media on Paper
8" x 10"
2015
"Ivory and Orchids" is an exploration of organic abstraction.
water and oil-based mixed media
8" x 10"
2015
Mixed Media Painting inspired by Modernist and Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly held in Art Institute of Chicago collection.
Mixed Media
8" x 10"
2015