Royann grew up on a fruit farm in Orem, Utah. It was here that she gained the sensitivity for life that is now expressed in her art. Royann's work can be found in collections and galleries around the world.
Ask anyone who is familiar with Royann Baum's recent work and they'll tell you this artist is "for the birds." Literally. Royann is one of the most acclaimed transparent watercolorists in the country. Her specialty is birds--all kinds of birds. "I can paint anything with feathers," she says. "If it can fly, I've probably already painted it."
"Royann understands the importance of subject matter," says Steve Hasler, manager of Salt Lake City's Main Street Art. "Her work is in constant demand."
She has a studio in her Provo, Utah home where she works endless hours to create her paintings. "I am very meticulous in detail," she says, "If I am painting a mallard, I try to have the real thing in front of me. If I am painting a pinecone, rocks, shells, or whatever, I apply the same practice."
A typical visual reference found in Baum's studio might include a live Canadian goose, carefully confined under a glass dome. "Live birds don't always make the most cooperative models," Baum says, "but they do provide me with the best possible visual reference. I count the feathers, check the color, work with the wings to see how the feathers lie, and try to paint every detail as precisely as possible."
Baum is a stickler for research. She spends days, sometimes weeks, in libraries studying every book and picture she can find to ensure her research is as complete and accurate as possible. She even visits aviaries and waterfowls habitats whenever possible to conduct her research.
Baum's original works have been in such great demand she has had several of them published. Limited edition lithographs of her quail, chickadees, humming birds, geese, and mallards are now available.
Royann has also done contract work, such as her bird charts for Windsor Publications in Eugene, Oregon. "When we first saw Royann's work we knew we had to have her paint our quail," publisher Ed Lusch explains. "The company specializes in wildlife. The work we receive from her always surpasses our expectations."
Baum may enjoy staying at home, but as her success mounts, so does the need to travel to art shows around the country. Her schedule can be found on the News page. However, she is always anxious to get back home where she can do what she loves--paint.