Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
Size 20 cm x 15 cm
Oil on canvas board
This small painting was inspired by an afternoon birdwatching near Orange, New South Wales. A noisy flock of Zebra Finches had gathered in trees near a railway line. These birds are gregarious and form a lifelong bond between pairs. On this particular day, the birds had their plumage puffed to ward off midwinter chills.
I kept the brushstrokes loose and the background hazy to imply a light breeze rustling the branch.
The painting was acquired at exhibition by a private collector. I visited the Darling Point home where it hangs with a sparkling view of Sydney Harbour.