zebra finches

Brisk Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata) Size 20 cm x 15 cm Oil on canvas board SOLD Inspired by birdwatching near Orange where Zebra Finches gathered in a noisy crowd among trees bordering a railway line. Gregarious birds, they form a lifelong bond between pairs. On this particular day, each bird had its plumage puffed out to ward off the midwinter chill. I kept the brushstrokes loose and background hazy to imply the light breeze rustling the branches. This painting hung in my exhibition “Feather and Ochre”Read more

flock bronzewing

Desert Flight Flock Bronzewing (Phaps histrionica) Size 51 cm x 20 cm Acrylic on canvas SOLD Outback Australia is the definition of vast. And the Mitchell Grasslands are an amazing part of this impressive landscape. Characterised by open grassy plains with few rivers and gorges, the Mitchell Grass Downs bioregion extends from central Queensland into the Northern Territory and is an important part of Australia’s pastoral heritage. It takes a long time to drive there from the coast but it’s worth the effort.Read more

fairy-wrens

Harmony in Green Red-backed Fairy-wrens (Malurus melanocephalus) Size 91.4 cm x 91.4 cm (36 in x 36 in) Acrylic on canvas SOLD Inspired after birdwatching in far north tropical Queensland, where verdant hills and rainforest canopy enfold lush grazing pastures, cane fields and banana plantations. A family group of Red-backed Fairy-wrens had taken up residence in the long grass near Camp Creek, sheltered from heavy monsoon rain by the sprawling passionfruit vines and shady trees. I have always sketched trees – each speciesRead more

eastern yellow robin

Dazzling Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) Size 12 cm x 14 cm Mixed media on Arches paper SOLD This painting formed part of a set of three Australian robins. Inspired by birdwatching while camping in the Watagans National Park, New South Wales.    Read more

pink robin

Splendid Pink Robin (Petroica rodinogaster) Size 13.5 cm x 11.5 cm Mixed media on Arches paper Private commission – SOLD This painting formed part of a set of three Australian robins.    Read more

red-capped robin

Radiant Red-Capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) Size 12 cm x 14 cm Mixed media on Arches paper SOLD This painting formed part of a set of three Australian robins.    Read more

black-winged kite

To Observe with a Steady Gaze Black-Winged Kite (Petroica rodinogaster) Size 25.5 cm x 30.5 cm (10 in x 12 in) Oil on raw linen, stretched, unframed SOLD This painting was inspired by several Black-Winged Kites that I observed hunting along the Sturt Highway, Hay Plain. Their crimson gaze is striking and direct, and their habit is restless though watchful, despite the gusting wind and dust swirling incessantly. Raw linen has a strong natural texture and linear fibres that I feel enhances the incredible sense of purpose emanating fromRead more

red-rumped parrots

Love on the Line Red-Rumped Parrots (Psephotus haematonotus) Size 61 cm x 30.5 cm Oil on canvas board SOLD 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. IRead more