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Brahman Cow | Whisper


Whisper recently won in a first-ever tie for People’s Choice Award at the Ft. Smith Regional Art Museum’s 2022 Metamorphosis exhibit. 

Details about the Original Work

Title: Whisper
Size: 22 x 30″ (portrait orientation)
Media: handmade watercolor, Ozark foraged bone pigments
Substrate: watercolor paper
Pigment source: bone black, bone white

Available in original, prints, notecards.

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Whisper is painted entirely in bone pigments that I processed to char (black) and ash (white). These bones underwent a metamorphosis – once part of a living creature that walked the earth now representing a living creature that lives on my canvas. A physical reminder that the circle of life does not necessarily begin with birth and end at death. Rather, we emerge changed with each doorway through which we pass in a never-ending cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.


Whisper is a Brahman cow. She is painted entirely in pigments made from bone foraged from our land here in the Ozarks. I ashed and charred the bones in our woodstove, then made watercolor paint from the powders.

This 22 x 30″ painting is on heavy Arches watercolor paper. The colors are all from bone pigments that I foraged and processed myself. Click here to see the process of making this artwork from start to finish.

Here’s a closeup of her head and floppy ears:

Love the floppy ears on a Brahman cows.

The painting is framed currently, but the price listed here is not including the frame. The frame will be included free of charge if the buyer picks it up or pays shipping. I will ship anywhere, but there are no refunds or guarantees for artwork shipped internationally. Domestic shipments will be insured and signature required. If this painting is purchased in person at a show or private review, the frame is included at no extra charge.

Whisper, with me as a size reference.


All of my prints are processed in house with a professional giclée art printer using archival inks. The paper is archival watercolor paper for high quality prints. 


Notecards are 4 x 5.5″, blank inside, and printed on the same professional printer as my prints. Each are packaged in a clear bag with an envelope and the insert that tells the story of how I began my watercolor journey with Ozark pigments. All of my artwork is available on notecards, and you can mix and match to order a set of 5 for a discount. Sets are not individually packaged, but are attractively presented together in a box. Click here to find out more about notecard sets. (Will link when listing is live. in the meantime, email me at madison@wildozark.com to order a set. I’ll invoice you.)

More Info

All of my paintings begin with foraging for rocks, bones, clay, or other pigment sources. If you’d like to read a little more about my life of foraging for rocks, read this post: She Delivers in Spades. If you’d like to see how the paints are actually made, read this post: Making Smooth Paint from Rock Dust.

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Contact Me:

email: madison@wildozark.com
IG: @wildozark
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Twitter: @wildozark

Weight 2 oz
Dimensions N/A

Original, Print: 5 x 7, Print: 8 x 10, Print: 12 x 16, Print 16 x 20, Notecard, Notecard Set of 5


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