I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to share a brand new collection of five paintings with you.
The British Birds collection pays is a love letter the birds I see in my garden every day. Some might call them ordinary, but they contribute so much colour, sound and joy to my world, and inspire me to see beauty everywhere I look.
About the British Birds Collection
My love of birds began during the pandemic when I was at home all the time, and I would look out my window and see these lovely little creatures occasionally flitting across the garden. They’d always been there, I’d just rarely noticed. I started to fill my garden with bird feeders and I saw them more and more often. I learned their names, their plumage, their songs. They became a part of my family.
Once I noticed them in my garden, I started to notice them everywhere. They never fail to make me smile, no matter where I am, or what I’m doing. This collection pays homage to the birds that some might call ordinary, but which bring so much colour, sound and joy to the world. I can’t imagine life without them. Not a day goes by when I don’t see these birds, and chances are, you’ve seen them too. You just have to be paying attention.
The paintings in this collection represent the five species of birds that I see most regularly. As we have names for the birds that we see in our garden, so the birds in these paintings have names. Each bird has its own special personality, and it is my hope that I have captured just a bit of it to share with you.
Pete & Ann the Blue Tits
Blink and you might miss them – the blue tits flit in and out, picking up a seed and retreating to a safe place. Luckily, we know they’ll be back soon for another one. Their sunny colours remind us of spring, which is very welcome in mid winter when you see a little streak of blue amid all the bare grey trees.
Chris & James the Sparrows
We can always tell when there are sparrows about – we might not be able to see them, but the cacophony of noise coming from the ash tree leaves us in no doubt that they’re there! These tiny birds are braver than most, and will come down to the deck with birds several times their size for a shot at a mealworm.
Bertie the Blackbird
We’ve watched the same pair of blackbirds in our garden for five years. Every day, they perch outside the back door and demand we put out food, especially for them, and every summer, they raise a family and bring their fledglings to the deck to meet us. It’s a privilege to have been adopted by them!
Russ the Robin
Robins are for all year round, not just for Christmas. Ours likes to join us when we’re gardening, although his “help” isn’t always very helpful, especially when he’s decided to perch on the lawnmower to show off something tasty that he’s found!
Bethany the Goldfinch
These small and somewhat squeaky sounding birds are always a welcome splash of colour at our feeders. With their bright red faces and yellow wings, you really can’t mistake them for anything else.