Medium: Oil on archival mat board
Credit Line: Gift of Gary and Marlene Olson. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Tilly Woodward’s oil paintings are hyper-realistic representations of both natural and man-made objects that hold memory and meaning. A commitment to slowing down to see an object clearly, and recognize beauty through close observation and meticulous detail is at the heart of her process. This ability to look carefully developed during her childhood on an isolated family farm, which provided long hours to gaze at sky, earth, animals and plants, and carries forward in her paintings. Northern Renaissance paintings with their symbolic content and rich detail are also an influence.