Fairy Superb by Jessica Curry

ARTIST NOTES: This is the third painting in my "Fairy Wrens of Australia Series" it features a male Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus Cyaneus) on an Australian native shrub. These delightful little birds charm backyards and gardens throughout Southeastern Australia. Adult male superb fairy wrens are among the most brightly coloured of the species, especially during breeding season with bright blue and black plumage above and on the throat. Males from further inland and in the south west of the range have more blue on the back and underparts. Reference photo used with permission, was taken in Ballarat by Ed Dunes. Artist Quality Pastel Pencils and Panpastels (soft pastel) on Clairefontaine Pastelmat. Size is 17.5 x 25 cm and is framed and ready to hang in an 8 x 10" wood frame.

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DIMENSIONS (Height - 25.40 cm X Width - 20.32 cm )
MEDIUM ON BASE Pastel on Paper
GENRE Animals
REGISTERED NRN # 000-37750-0160-01
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Artist: Jessica Curry



ARTIST BIO

I am a self-taught Nature artist based in the Hunter Valley, Australia. 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 Soft Pastels, Coloured Pencils, Watercolours and Charcoal. 

Through my art I hope to show the spectacular beauty that surround us every day. By showing people how intriguing nature can be, I hope to inspire people to appreciate how important the natural environment is. To inspire them to find ways to care for the environment and protect native habitats for Endangered Species. My subject matter Nature focuses on flora and fauna. I love painting interesting species from all over the world. It is my hope that after viewing my art viewers will be inspired to open their eyes and look more carefully at the world around them, to see the incredible beauty that surrounds them everyday even in the unlikeliest of places. 

I love to capture how the light reflects off the subject highlighting its beauty, I believe it is often the most common things in nature that can be the most beautiful. I create detailed paintings of Nature with Soft Pastels as my favourite medium. I use a range of techniques combining both blending and detailed brushstrokes to try to capture the spark of beauty and personality within the subject. I especially love to paint Endangered Species, highlighting the struggle they face as a species on the brink of extinction. 

I've had Chronic Illnesses and Chronic Pain since I was 15 years old. I have found that painting helps me escape the pain, to focus and channel those negative feelings of helplessness and uselessness into a positive creative outlet. I discovered my love of painting later in life so I have only been painting since 2014. Due to my ongoing health problems I have been unable to attend formal art education or even attend local art classes so I am a self-taught artist. I have lived in the Hunter Valley my whole life, I live near a flowing creek, where native birds and animals often frequent, especially at dusk and dawn. I am both spoilt and inspired by their incredible beauty and uniqueness as they visit the creek to drink or sit in the branches of the trees. 



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