I present to you a sample of small bird paintings 12.5cm x 17.5 cm created whilst on a 12 month European road trip.
It seems surreal painting Australian birds in Italy, France, Croatia and different European locations, but Aussie birds are my thing and as they say you have to follow your passion.
Having retired from corporate careers my husband and I have been doing what our friends call – “living the dream”. The agreement before we left home was that I could continue to paint.
We have spent the past 12 months travelling across Europe, pet sitting between destinations which has given me time to continue pursuing my love to paint Australian birds in oils.
Pet sitting is a wonderful way to travel. we have visited some amazing locations, met and developed friendships with wonderful people and looked after beautiful much loved pets including turtles, fish, ducks, goats, cats, dogs and horses.
Combining travel and oil painting can become tricky particularly when packing wet paintings into an already over stuffed car. Luckily I have a devoted husband who is committed to my passion – after hours of meticulous car packing practice he has excruciatingly solved the artwork packing quandry. The unpacking is another issue.
My small Australian Bird paintings are available via my web.
“Mitch” Major Mitchell painted in oils 40cm x 50cm.
Dressed in salmon pink these magnificent cockatoos possess a crown befitting a king.
” Mich” the Major Mitchell now resides on the walls of a Californian bird life art collector who’s passion is cockatoos. It is lovely to share Australian birds in painted form.
To me birds are one of natures gifts belonging in their natural habitat where we can cherish and protect them for generations to come.
Thank you wildlife photographer Keith Lightbody for graciously providing the reference photo for my interpretation.
A portion of every original painting I sell is automatically donated to Birdlife Australia.
“Swoop” my bird painting of an Australian Magpie takes pride of honor – Jury selected “Best in Show” by the USA based Camelback Gallery “Animal” one line painting competition.
“Swoop” was lovingly painted in memory of my father who lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease. When asked what bird would he like me to paint – my father announced “A Magpie”. In his final weeks we would walk and sit together watching the magpies play antics in the local park. My last memories of spending quality time with my father.
Thank you to Muneer Al Shanti for graciously providing the reference photo for this painting.
How fabulous to be featured by IntoBirds – an online magazine and community for bird lovers.
This is a photo of wildlife photographer Shaun Fearn standing next to my oil painting called “Edwina’s Luncheon Orb”.
Shaun graciously provided the reference photo for this painting which was jury judged as a finalist in Australia’s most prestigious bird art competition – the 2017 Holmes Art Prize for Realistic Birdlife.
I could not do what I do without the support of the amazing photographers who graciously share their talents. Thank you Shaun.
Together we support BirdLife Australia.
Thank you to all my followers and birdie enthusiast friends for your support on “Happy Wrensdays”.
Wednesday is a special day for lovers of birds. Many refer to the mid week working day as hump day. Not so for Wren admirers, who have renamed this day ” Wrensday” in honour of the worlds beautiful Wrens.
To support and celebrate this special day I have created a series of “Happy Wrensday” paintings in varying poses and sizes. Due to the popularity of “Happy Wrensday” my little Wren series is constantly and happily being added to.
Ranking highly on the Wren popularity scale is the Splendid Fairy Wren or Blue Wren who when dressed in his courtship suit during the months of August to October is truly dazzling sigh to behold.
I can confirm when in full dress the Blue Wren consists of at least 16 shades of blue.
Most of my Wren bird paintings are for sale through the website – either as originals or prints.
I can also create a little Wren just for you or a loved one.
It is a great honor to be invited to submit my Australian bird paintings to be included in the annual Fine Art at Hale School Art Exhibition.
Hale School is one of Perth, Western Australia’s most prestigious private schools. The annual exhibition, which has been running for 26 years, is curated by a selection panel and only invited artists are offered inclusion.
A great honor to present my bird art for sale in in this year’s exhibition.
I am glad to announce that a selection of my bird paintings are available at Jahroc Galleries in Margaret River. I feel honoured to have them represent my bird artworks.
Jahroc is one of the leading galleries in the region with a long history in the town.
It is perfectly located in the Southern end of the main street and is well known to art lovers.
As an Australian Bird Artist I feel that t is important to have a gallery whose patrons relate to my bird art. Jahroc is perfect for this, as is the region.
For those who don’t already know, Margaret River is one of Australia’s premium wine, tourist and surfing destinations. The region is also home to a large variety Australian birdlife – including the very popular and spectacular Splendid Blue FairyWrens.
The aim of every professional artist is to become widely known and have his or her talent more widely recognised. (We also need to sell some stuff from time to time – partly because we need the money but more importantly as an acknowledgement that others appreciate our skills.)
Gallery representation is an important step in building an artist’s reputation. It is important to foster a strong relationship with the right gallery (or galleries) and I am pleased to have Jahroc’s support in my journey.
I admit to being a bit nervous about my first solo art exhibition for my bird art. I knew it was going to be a brave move – but nothing ventured, nothing gained!
As it happened I had nothing to worry about as the exhibition was a huge success. The turn out was terrific, with nearly 200 people visiting over the weekend, and a full house on the Friday night opening.
As my specialty lies in a fairly narrow niche, that of realistic Australian bird paintings and bird art, I’m never sure how well my paintings are going to be received.
Having received a gracious offer of gallery space at The Rose, North Fremantle, Western Australia, I was at first unsure. But with the support and encouragement of my amazing family and friends I was persuaded to go solo and accept the opportunity.
The result was “A Birds’s Perspective” – a solo exhibition of my Australian bird paintings. It was held over the Mothers’ day long weekend in May 2018.
Visitors from all over Western Australia brought their families and friends to view my bird paintings. I was overwhelmed by the attendance and support of friends, fellow artists, bird enthusiasts and bird art collectors, some of whom had traveled hundred of kms to attend.
We sold eight of my original bird paintings and a couple of plein air pieces. Of the bird paintings sold, I was a bit sad to part company with “Edwina’s Luncheon Orb”. Edwina is one of my favourites, and a finalist in the 2017 Holmes Art Prize.
I also received several commissions and lost count of the number of bird art prints and gift cards sold.
A portion of original bird painting sales is always donated to Birdlife Australia, as I believe it is important to support our threatened and endangered and feathered friends. I am glad to report that over the exhibition weekend we raised nearly $1,000 for that important cause.
Thank you to all who visited, supported and contributed to the success of my first bird art solo exhibition and my passion for protecting and painting Australian birdlife.