Preened

An Online Exhibition

Emerald in Sparkles

Price: $300

Never out shone, this chicken does not need “natural” beauty to be beautiful, her taste in colour and fashion has her status in the flock assured and much admired. Seriously though, this chook loves a perfect outfit.

This original piece is painted on an A4 sheet of 250 gsm paper. The chicken will fit in the standard frame opening of 5×10 inches (12.7 x 25.4cm). It has been created using watercolours, coloured pencil and ink.

Kererū’s appetite

Price: $350

Kererū sees nothing wrong with dressing up a bit. If the decoration is edible and beautiful, then that’s “cooo” two birds with one stone “cooo coo”.

This original piece is painted on an A4 sheet of 250 gsm paper. The Kererū will fit in the standard frame opening of 8×8 inches (20.5 x 20.5cm). It has been created using watercolours, coloured pencil and ink.

Pīwakawaka’s disguise

Price: $350

Pīwakawaka wanted to blend in by trying on Sparrow’s clothes, the only thing is, his sweetness and playfulness could never be hidden.

This original piece is painted on an A4 sheet of 250 gsm paper. The Pīwakawaka will fit in the standard frame opening of 8×6 inches (20.5 x 15cm). It has been created using watercolours, coloured pencil and ink.

Kōkako – Masked avenger

Price: $350

Has history and needs to be vigilant. Forest dwellers and ninjas, they leap from branch to branch fighting enemies threatening their young, sometimes to the death. Almost wiped out, their ability to disappear for years on end worries many. But like the Dread Pirate Roberts, they pop up unexpectedly, giving a wink and swish of their sword, before disappearing back into the forest again. Sightings never to be confirmed by anything so mundane as a picture.

This original piece is painted on an A4 sheet of 250 gsm paper. The Kōkako will fit in the standard frame opening of 8×6 inches (20.5 x 15cm). It has been created using watercolours, coloured pencil and ink.

Note: This one will not be available in print.

SOLD – The Golden Chicken

Keeping up with the flock and then some. This chicken loves nothing more than to ensure everyone in the flock knows how naturally gorgeous and successful she is and that she is not above using her accessories to show this off.

This original piece is created on an A4 sheet of 250 gsm paper. The chicken will fit in the standard frame opening of 5×10 inches (12.7 x 25.4cm). It has been created using watercolours, coloured pencil and ink.

SOLD – Orange-Fronted Kākāriki in a scarf

Being too occupied with the business of parroting and being one of only a few hundred left in New Zealand, kākāriki prefers to wear a favorite scarf and small ring most days. There is peace of mind in knowing that they look like they made an effort, with such a lovely scarf, no matter what the occasion.

This original piece is created on an A4 sheet of 250 gsm paper. The parrot will fit in the standard frame opening of 5 x 10 inches (12.7 x 25.4cm). It has been created using watercolours, coloured pencil and ink.


About the collection

With this collection of works I wanted to explore my thoughts on what it is to “Adorne”. Why do we have an instinct to decorate, feather our nests and generally preen? I have always had a love of birds, so they were a natural topic for me when it came to deciding a theme to explore within. I also love that we have all those lovely words and metaphors used in the English language to describe the way we decorate that references birds, like: “preen”, “feather our nests” and “strutting”.

For these bird pieces, I researched not only the bird itself; its character traits, physical attributes and history, but also, how we as humans decorate ourselves to communicate to others where we fit in within a societies structure. How could I decorate them to show perhaps the different ways that we humans present ourselves within our communities? Within the context and approach ability of these fun and colourful birds?

I have tried to stay away from showing any judgement and to keep it purely on an observational level. Accepting them all, be they flamboyant or subdued.

I hope you enjoy my darlings. I wish I could keep them all! Likewise, I am only too happy for them to find new homes.

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FAQ’s

How will you be accepting payments?

Bank transfer or paypal

How much is shipping?

Sending within New Zealand: $7.20 (tracked)
Internationally: Price varies according to where you live. Expect between $35-$70 depending on where you live.

Are you accepting commissions?

I hope to in the future. I will update all my channels when I am open to commissions.