Maud Guilfoyle
art and ebooks

Meadows & Woods

In 2013, an article in the New York Times about the disappearing meadows and Monarch butterflies made a deep impression. Maud has several friends who are beekeepers, gardeners and farmers, who help keep her aware of accelerating social and environmental challenges resulting from human activity in our world. While on daily walks in her neighborhood, she was wondering what new painting project to pursue. Over time, she noticed how a neighbor’s front and side yard became overgrown with a riot of green plants. After a few weeks, wildflowers began to appear, which in turn attracted butterflies, songbirds and honeybees. Maud painted this, her first meadow painting, in September, 2013.

On April 4, 2014, artist Maud Guilfoyle attended a talk at Cooper Union, NYC, entitled “Nature as Measure: What’s the Future of Farming?” presented by The Land Institute and the Berry Center. She was so inspired by the work of Wes Jackson at The Land Institute and the poetic common sense of Wendell Berry, that she painted what a Kansas meadow could look like with a fully developed perennial polyculture. Her recent series of root paintings reflect work by the Land Institute and other organizations worldwide protecting and regenerating topsoil with deep roots.