Delightfully Superb by Jessica Curry

ARTIST NOTES: This is the fourth painting in my "Fairy Wrens of Australia" series. It features a delightful female superb fairy wren (Malurus Cyaneus) perched on a tree stump. These delightful little birds can commonly be found gracing backyards and gardens throughout southeastern Australia. Artist Quality Pastel Pencils and Panpastels (soft pastels) on Clairefontaine Pastelmat. Size is 17.5 x 25 cm and is framed and ready to hang in an 8x10" wooden frame. Reference photo used with permission by Patrick Kavanagh


DIMENSIONS (Height - 25.40 cm X Width - 20.32 cm )
MEDIUM ON BASE Pastel on Paper
GENRE Animals
REGISTERED NRN # 000-37750-0161-01
COPYRIGHT © Jessica Curry
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Artist: Jessica Curry


I am an Australian wildlife artist based in the Hunter Valley. I love painting detailed birds, animals and flowers. I am fascinated with the spectacular beauty that surrounds us everyday. My favourite mediums to paint in are watercolours and soft pastels. 

I have only been an artist for around four years, I have always had a love of art and an appreciation for art but never considered that I might possibly have the talent to try. My Nan is an Artist so I have always been surrounded by art and have always appreciated the beauty that surrounds us. One day, out of the blue I decided to try to learn, I started teaching myself through art books, and youtube videos, and I became hooked. I decided that it didn't matter if I was the worst artist in the world, I found my passion for creating art and I would paint for me, for the joy of creating art. Since then I have taken some online paid courses and I continue to devour art books and youtube videos as well as discovering through trial and error my own styles and methods. I first started in coloured pencils for about 6 months, then moved on to watercolour painting in which I found a love of the fluidy of paint, and have been painting ever since. After a shoulder injury in November 2016 I was devasted that I was unable to paint watercolours as I had limited movement in the shoulder of my painting arm, so in a desperate bid to keep creating art I turned to soft pastel and discovered a wonderous passion for pastel. I truly adore them, I love the softness, the ability to create depth through layering, the quickness of the medium and the ability to achieve minute details or to suggest soft out of focus suggestions. I am still trying to improve my shoulder and am hoping one day soon I can return to watercolours but I adore soft pastel and I will always have a passion for creating in these mediums, I have also returned to creating in coloured pencils and I love this medium as well. As long as I am creating I am happy. I have found it is a wonderful way to cope with long term health issues, creating art helps me tune out the pain, and gives me a sense of self worth. 

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