Art Diaries: A Journey with a Kakapo

This week, I thought I’d delve into some detail about the painting that took up my easel for the last five months; for me, a marathon of a painting. I’m always fascinated to learn how other artists work, what inspires them, the materials and techniques that they use, so I thought I’d share some of mine….

Finding Harmony in Art Through Nature

The process of formulating a painting is fraut with difficulties. What may seem to be a very simple relationship between colour, subject and form to an outsider, is often a complex web of decisions that you made, un-made, and didn’t make at all. The above painting is at first glance a fairly straightforward piece, in…

Extinction’s Expression (Tasmanian Tiger)

On 7th September, 1936, Hobart Zoo in Tasmania lost the world’s last Thylacine… Above is my tribute on canvas. Stripes of a tiger Away from the tiger. A kangaroo’s gait Without a kangaroo’s legs. A wolf’s appetite Without a pack.An opossum’s posture Away from the Americas.A marsupial’s pouch Without God’s grace! Pacing up and down…

A Baby Boom for the Booming Parrot – The Kakapo

I always love reading about conservation success stories, they fill me with hope and the drive to continue painting, researching, and just generally getting involved in nature. I find the kakapo’s heartwarming story particularly moving, partly because of my love of New Zealand and it’s stunning wildlife, partly because it shows just what we can…

What Black Robins Can Teach Us About Conservation

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? “ – Douglas Adams A 15cm high songbird that struggles to fly more than a few yards might not seem like conservation’s great success story, and in a way, it’s not,…