Wednesday, May 20, 2015

'Birds on Wood' by Maggie Hurley

California based artist Maggie Hurley went to school at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Southern California. If her work looks familiar to you then it's because she has contributed her wonderful work to our past Owl Lover calendars. She works in various styles and mediums. Some days she likes to work with watercolors and some days she'll sculpt something out of clay. 

Her work is whimsical often inspired by the natural world. Her newest series 'Birds on Wood' feature watercolor portraits of birds on wood block. 

Artist shares: "Birds are fascinating creatures! When I was a kid, I spent a considerable amount of time nursing the birds my cat brought home back to health. Today, I like to feature them in portraits that I paint on small wood blocks. 

I’ll enlarge the eyes a little bit or do something to make it more charming. I appreciate all the people doing Audubon-style illustration, but I like to give it a little more personality. My interest lies in trying to find a relatable expression on a face that shares so little with people."

Her artwork can be purchased at affordable price starting at $40. Because there are so many lovely birdies from barn owl, spectacled owl, kingfisher to white peacock, she offers a subscription service called Bird in a Box. With the subscription you will get a new bird print on wood each month for just $25 per month! That's great!