Hyacinth Macaw

An old Nat-Geo article featuring the birdlife of the Brazilian rainforest, sat in my reference drawer for years, waiting for the day when inspiration & enthusiasm struck together. Its centrepiece, was a beautiful portrait of a Hyacinth Macaw. I’d occasionally look at it and think to myself ‘One day, I’m going to paint you!’.

When the day came (unexpected as usual), it was thanks to a decision to experiment with acrylics on paper. Usually I would choose a gesso’d canvas, but sometimes you have to mix things up! To get the white flecks in his feathers and the textures in his beak, I added a pastel layer over the acrylic base. The paper’s finer grain allowed a greater level of detail than canvas and the results were delightful. This cheeky Hyacinth Macaw has been delighting and charming admirers ever since!


  • Prints

    All of my OPEN or LIMITED EDITION PRINTS, are printed by my (superb) photographer onto archival paper. Depending on the suitability of the image, they come in either THREE or FOUR sizes:  Mini: An Open Edition, that’s hand-monogrammed on the Matte.  Small: Ready-mounted & signed in an edition of #195.   Medium: Ready-mounted & signed in an edition of #95.   Large: Un-Mounted & signed in an edition of #49.   Frames shown for illustrative purposes only.

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