“Alice in Wonderland is one of my absolute favorite stories. I enjoyed stepping into that world for a bit to do this piece.”
“Into the Forest” Colored pencil on Bristol board.
“I have a special place in my heart for faeries and fantasy. I created this piece after a very difficult time in my life, which resulted in several years of not drawing at all. It’s not surprising that the subject of this piece was a faery. I still think of her as a sort of guardian of my art: cheering me on to produce more and watching over the art I’ve made since her.”
“Illuminate” Oil pastel on paper.
“I’ve loved colored pencils ever since I could hold one. I have yet to find another medium that feels the way this one does to me. I can sketch out a piece and pick up some colored pencils and before I know it, the piece is done. They are like an extension of me, and I think I’ll feel that way about them forever.”
“Flower Worlds” Colored pencil on Bristol board.
“The figures in this piece are a mix of characters from my imagination and models from magazines. (And probably, subconsciously, a bit of the people I know worked their way in here too.) I wanted to explore the multi-faceted nature of the psyche: how many different sides do we have, and why do we show some of them more easily than others? Are our shadow selves more true to our personalities than the self we keep at the surface?”
“Rainbow Women” Colored pencil on paper.
Searching for the Pieces
“I love drawing hair. It’s a really versatile symbol. In this portrait, I like to think it represents some age-old wish that used to be a source of hope, but is now beginning to fracture because the dreamer has given up on it. Maybe one day she’ll gather up the broken pieces and dream again.”
“Searching for the Pieces” Pen and ink on Bristol board.
When I Am Still I See Myself
“A long, necessary journey of a piece! I don’t add collage elements to my work very often, but I felt that acrylic on its own was much too flat a medium for what I was trying to express here. I’ve always been interested in how people become who they are, and who we really are when we are alone. I think personalities are created in layers, and sometimes those layers are damaged, or changed beyond recognition…and as life piles time on you, the layers are covered up until only you know what’s underneath. I began this piece with a blank canvas, but it quickly grew more complex as I taped old scraps of paper over it, poured glue on it, scrubbed dry paint over it, and scribbled oil pastel over all of that. It took so long to finish that I felt I grew with it, and when I look at it, I remember every step of the piece—and every step of my own growth during it.”
“When I Am Still I See Myself” Acrylic, oil pastel, and mixed media collage on canvasette.
Illustrations and Designs
Illustrations and designs by Nina Boyd: holiday cards, storybook inspired works, and graphics.
“I love holiday imagery. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays to design for. To me, stockings, holly, and jingle bells as just as magical now as they were when I was a kid.”
“Christmas Stocking” Pen and ink on paper.
"Deck the Halls"
“I performed in choirs in high school and college, and Deck the Halls was one of my favorite holiday numbers. I had fun with this design; I can hear the jolly notes of the carol just looking at it. I hope you can too.”
“Deck the Halls” Digital design.
Cat and Pumpkin
“Halloween is my other favorite holiday to design for. I love the imagery, the colors, and light-hearted (and sometimes not so light-hearted) spookiness. I had fun with the curly elements of this design: the pumpkin vines, the cat whiskers and tail…to me, those little curls sum up the holiday. A little bit funky, a little bit fancy.”
“Cat and Pumpkin” Pen and ink and colored pencil on paper.
Witch and Cauldron
“A couple of Halloweens ago, I was looking through vintage cards to get some new ideas. I loved the dark, saturated designs against the plain white backgrounds. They inspired me to make more than a few of my own. I’ve always loved the mystique of the witch character; I really feel like this style suits the archetype.”
“Witch and Cauldron” Pen and ink on paper; digital lettering.
“I’ve loved pumpkins ever since I first saw Disney’s animated Cinderella - that wonderful scene when the Fairy Godmother magicks that gorgeous pumpkin out of the darkened garden and it bounces over to her, gaining color and life as it gets closer. When I was a kid I wanted to draw just like that!”
“Pumpkin” Pen and ink on paper.
Witch Cat and Pumpkin
“I think cats are one of my favorite things in the world. They have such great mystique, which makes them really fun to draw, especially in Halloween designs.”
“Witch Cat and Pumpkin” Watercolor pencil on watercolor paper.
Merry Christmas Tree
“There’s something so great about a classic Christmas tree. I never get tired of drawing them. I had fun trying out my new art tablet with this one; nothing gets me in the whimsical spirit like the holidays!”
“Merry Christmas Tree” Digitally drawn with Wacom Intuos Touch Tablet.
“Still one of my favorite paintings. I had a great time loading the canvas with paint and kind of sculpting the snowman out of it - kind of like how I imagine building a real snowman!”
“Snowman” Acrylic on canvas.
Portraits, Commissions, and Still Life
“I really prefer figures over still life. It’s rare for me to do a piece that only includes objects. Luckily, this figurative bust was the still life, so I could really get into it! I enjoyed getting creative with the two color palate of this piece too.”
“Goddess” Acrylic on canvasette.
Lemons and Eggs
“I’ve done a few pieces with limited palates, and this is one of my favorites. The complementary colors kept the process interesting! There’s also something so homey about the fresh fruit and fresh eggs. I grew up on the edge of a small country town, and when I painted this I was living in a much bigger city. I missed the comforts of small town living, and this piece was a small but welcome reminder of it.”
“Lemons and Eggs” Acrylic on canvasette.
“I do love oil pastel. It’s so vibrant and rich, and pieces can come together so quickly with it. I worked in the medium almost exclusively for several years. This spontaneous still life was one of the pieces I did during that time. Someone had left a plate of oranges on the kitchen table and the contrast of the blue and orange caught my eye. Once I added the flower and finally decided what color that should be, everything came together.”
“Oranges” Oil pastel on paper.
“I love portraits. I love drawing people, especially people who seem to have so much beneath the surface.”
“Marilyn Monroe” Colored pencil on paper.
“Morrissey is definitely one of my idols. Bold, nontraditional, and unapologetic. I delayed drawing him for a very long time; I wasn’t sure I would get it right and I’m still not sure! But I’m happy with this pose - him singing, holding one of his signature unexpected props, seemingly alone…people have described his stage presence as akin to someone dancing alone in front of a bedroom mirror, and I have to agree. He is very enigmatic, and a delight to draw. I know I’ll be doing it again!”
“Moz” Colored pencil on paper.
Sarah is the Moon
“I remember when I first became a Sarah Brightman fan. When my parents took me to a production of The Phantom of the Opera, I was so convinced I wouldn’t like it that I brought a book to the theater. But from the first note of the show, I was hooked. As soon as I got home, I researched everything I could about it and I discovered Sarah Brightman - a petite brunette who’d made a career for herself at a time when all the star singers were tall and blonde. As a petite brunette myself, and a teenager with aspiring vocal goals, I became a fan immediately. She is absolutely wonderful to draw!”