My inspiration is derived from numerology, archaic symbols, and rhythmic, primitive petroglyphs. While I may be considered an abstract expressionist, which was developed and extremely popular in the 1940s and 1950s, my goal is to create work that transpires any given time-frame. Some of my canvases may conjure elements of prehistoric cave markings while others hopefully transport ones thoughts or emotions into a world yet comprehended.
"Byrd's densely layered canvases recall the assertive individualism of the expressionist artists whose art was, above all, about its own making. This is painting about painting — art whose narrative is an existential drama that plays out before us strictly on its own terms."
~ art journalist Michael Mills