Birds as Storytellers

I often use birds as a metaphor of human relationships and life’s journeys. These pieces are light hearted tales – sharing stories of healing and soul searching. Stories of family and friends and of belonging. Stories of love and new beginnings.

What I love about Nature and observing birdlife is that it gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our own lives. Those moments when we pause for a while and ponder, can be the difference between stress and harmony.

I was invited to partake in a group show at Inspirit Gallery in 2010, titled “Three birds and a feather”. I truly enjoyed working along with artists Ciane Lawrey and Clare Wimmer.

Birds are an ongoing theme and I love painting them. Capturing some of our characteristics but retaining their essence. They are still birds even though they represent a situation or story that falls into the human realm.

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About this series

Birds are creatures of the air. They symbolize higher ideals. They also represent freedom and ascension. Freedom of thoughts, of expression and freedom of the soul. When we let go, we set ourselves free and we make our hearts light.

The Peacock is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavour to show our true colours.

Kingfishers are much loved for their striking colours. I often see them in the countryside sitting by themselves on telephone wires. I was once lucky enough to see a couple of Kingfishers ever so briefly sitting together. The inspiration behind “I saw her by the apple tree”

Fantails are extremely busy parents and Oyster catchers are real busy bodies, noisy, squawking always on a mission. Family life can be hectic, but it also grounds us and creates a real sense of belonging.