Hollye Eugenia Maxwell
Hollye Eugenia Maxwell is a firm believer in the healing power of nature. She grew up in the deep south and spent much of her time in the woods behind her grandmother’s house, climbing trees and wading in the creek, catching various creatures to examine before releasing them again. Later, with pen, pencil and crayon, she’d draw from memory those bugs and birds and things in loving detail. Biophilia, a term coined by Edward O. Wilson to mean the love of the natural world, stayed with her through six years of art school at Georgia State University, the University of Memphis, and the Rhode Island School of Design, all the way through her more than 30 years as a working artist.

Though she has traded tree climbing for bird watching, and the creek wading for shinrin-yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), she still pays close attention to the diversity of flora and fauna all around her, faithfully rendering them using more adult media.

Although photography, x-ray and magnetic resonance imaging have taken its place in scientific data collection, ornithological drawing has remained a fascination for viewers of art and history through such media as the Audubon Society and Taschen’s Cabinet of Curiosities books. Hollye updates the form by bringing together birds of environmental and conservation interest. All of them rendered with the fidelity and skill expected of natural science illustrators.

“It is my hope that we, as a society, will realize the importance of living in harmony with these birds and learn to advance our understanding of ourselves and our interconnectedness with our world.” - Hollye Eugenia Maxwell

Email: hollye(at)maxstudios.net
Website: ​ www.maxstudios.net 

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Barred Owl
12.75" T x 8.5" W
Colored Pencil on Stonehenge Black 
Hollye Maxwell
Burrowing Owl
8"T x 10" W
Colored Pencil on Drafting Film
Hollye Maxwell
Hana Akari. (Cherry Blossom)
24"T x 30" W
Colored Pencil on Stonehenge
Hollye Maxwell
Great Horned Owl
12.5"T x 9.5"W
Colored Pencil on Drafting Film-colored paper behind
Hollye Maxwell
Short Eared Owl
10"W x 10"T
Colored Pencil on Drafting Film-colored paper behind
Hollye Maxwell
Warbler Maple
8"T x 10" W
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on 300lb Fabriano Hot Press paper
Hollye Maxwell
Western Screech Owls
8"T x 10"W
Colored Pencil on Drafting Film-Colored Paper Behind
Hollye Maxwell