Supporting Wildlife Through Art
Spix's Macaws - My First Attempt
This was my first attempt at painting Spix's Macaws, whilst I was very happy with the result, I knew I wanted to paint them again, soon!
This artwork was a one off, with no reproductions having been created. It is now a treasured piece in the home of an overseas couple, who are both parrot lovers and art collectors.
Spix's Macaws - No. 2
Earlier this year I painted this piece depicting the incredible and beautiful Spix’s Macaw. This endemic Brazilian species is considered extinct in the wild, but is the subject of a captive breeding program being driven by the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (a German NGO) along with their program partners including the Government of Brazil, with the aim to bring them back from extinction, so they can once again be seen flying around the Brazilian Caatinga. The first release of captive bred Spix’s Macaws back into the wild is planned for 2021.
I chose to paint this species because the conservation of endangered species is very close to my heart and I’m striving to create awareness of such programs and support these causes through my artworks.
This piece was created using oils, and was actually the first painting I have ever done using this medium. I was very impressed with the depth and overall feel that I was able to achieve with oil paints.
After finishing this piece it was decided that it will be auctioned off to raise money for the re-introduction program, which is something that I am very excited about! Stay tuned for more details.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating this artwork.
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