Each one of Esther Boyd’s paintings come out of a daily artistic practice and is completed in one sitting. Emotionally they are driven by Boyd’s internal mood and presence of the flowers in front of her. On a formal level they are explorations of color and energy that create lively juxtapositions that are influenced by her background in textiles and graphic design. Boyd uses simple, strong brushwork to build compositions of overlapping colors. Her work also depicts inanimate objects in pastel colors and with transparent effects. Boyd’s influences include artists such as John Singer Sargent and Claude Monet, as well as Asian culture, surface design and textiles. In August of 2019, Boyd was one of three artists to earn an honorable mention for her work “Sunlight Peaches” at the National Small Oil Painting Exhibition at Mark Arts (formerly the Wichita Center for the Arts) in Wichita, Kansas. She studied fine and studio arts at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and earned a bachelor’s degrees in textile design from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She also holds a master’s in architecture, with a focus on built form and culture, from KU.