Love on the Line
Red-Rumped Parrots (Psephotus haematonotus)
Size 61 cm x 30.5 cm
Oil on canvas board
Birds on wire is a recurring theme in my work.
The challenge of creating a truthful portrayal of the gnarled surface of old fenceposts, oxidisation of wire and delicate plumage brings great satisfaction, not least because I draw upon the remembered sensory experience of each texture.
Also, I find the contrast between human-made forms and natural forms is very appealing in an artistic sense.
I designed this artwork after observing a flock of red-rumped parrots gathering on power lines at dusk near the Murray River, South Australia.