Feather Art Wales, United Kingdom.

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Art is such a personal expression that no two artists would depict the same subject in the same way. However, there is a certain satisfaction when people say your work is instantly recognisable. Painting directly onto an individual swans feather as my 'canvas' has gained me this comment on a number of occasions.

Having worked alongside wildlife all my life it is hardly surprising these are the subjects I chose to paint, making the most of my experience. In addition I sort a natural sustainable canvas to display my work in a creative and unique manner. What better canvas than a beautiful swan's feather.

Inspiration for my painting usually comes from sightings of wildlife, views of habitat or the effects of changing light, seasons and weather, often combined to create the ideal composition.

Painting directly onto feathers brings with it a number of challenges; extensive feather preparation, sympathetic compositions for a small vertical canvas area, delicate brushwork directly onto the feather and careful framing. However painstaking the process, I consider the result to be worth every effort. I always feel a sense of pride and joy when I have created a finished painting from the blank white canvas of a feather. Although I sometimes feel a pang of regret when one goes, I console myself when I see the joy others get from looking at them.

Examples of our work

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Sparrows on Blossom
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Grey Heron and sunlit waters - Study two