360 mm x 260 mm • Oil on Linen
Seeing these common bushveld residents in their natural habitat would inspire creative tendencies in any artist whose eye is drawn to colour. The Lilac-breasted Roller’s almost unrealistically bright colouration is a stunning contrast to the dry tones of the savannah landscapes they inhabit. The original reference photo is a beautiful capture by Chris Martin Wildlife Photography. I love the simplicity of the branch on which the subject is perched. The additional detail of things such as the withered leaf and the fine scratches on the roller’s bill made this picture an absolute joy to paint.