CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE PAINTING?
My painting is a pastel showing the unique form and colourings of this significant bird, the Helmeted Honeyeater. The colours in his wings are beautiful with so many tones of grey to capture. I like to paint birds and animals that need the PR, endangered species need the recognition before they are gone and it’s too late. And I wanted to include his habitat and food source, which is nectar from banksias etc! (Photo reference is my own).
I painted it about 2 years ago now and my inspiration for it comes from the fact that this bird is not only endangered, which is so tragic, but also because he was such a cheeky little fellow and every time I tried to photograph him, he’d perch on my camera, so I couldn’t!
Healesville Sanctuary where I worked as a tour guide for many years, have had a breeding program running for some time now, to boost the population, and releases are ongoing in a special top secret location over near Yellingbo!