Edwina’s Luncheon Orb has been selected as one of the 40 finalists in Australia’s most important bird art prize – the Holmes Art Prize.
The Holmes Art Prize rewards excellence in realistic Australian bird art. It showcases Australia’s best birdlife artists depicting a lifelike Australian birdlife scene.
This is Australia’s premier competition for bird artists and bird paintings, and received over 130 submissions last year.
Edwina is a beautiful Baudin’s Cockatoo, toying with her banksia nut as she enjoys eating it.
Edwina’s Luncheon Orb has been created in oil paints. The reference material was from Perth wildlife photographer Shaun Fearn.
My interpretation brings Edwina to life, highlighting her charisma and expressive matriarchal attitude.
In each of my birdlife paintings I create a sense of depth through colours and contrast – to develop a realistic depiction and enhance the details of each bird’s plumage.
I work in oils to provide an added dimension to every bird.
The Holmes Art Prize features the very best of Australia’s leading birdlife artists. I am delighted to be in their company and regard this as my greatest accomplishment as an emerging artist to date. It is a further progression from being jury selected as finalist in both the Emerging Artist Awards, South Perth (2016) and the biennial Mid West Art Prize (2017).
The Holmes Art Prize finalists will be displayed within the Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland throughout November.
Prints of Edwina are available for sale on my web site. My other bird paintings can also be seen elsewhere on this web site.