Lilac-Breasted Roller in flight
700 mm x 1200 mm • Oil on linen
Painting a Roller in flight has been a long-term goal of mine. To think that these colours exist in nature is rather awe-inspiring. I felt that a dry, thorny veld background was the perfect contrast to the dashing, bold flight feathers of the roller – a very accurate representation of the way these iconic birds dazzle and amaze as they sweep across the bush in real life. A huge thanks to Mike Heramb for the beautiful reference photo.