Sylvie McClay

We have been an admirer of Sylvie’s passion and work with wildlife and her unique and finely detailed artworks for well over a decade. Sylvie has been a creative artist and sculptor for many years. She lives in the beautiful State of Tasmania, and exhibits her original paintings in regional galleries in Southern Tasmania, and also exhibits as an independent artist.

“As a self-taught artist, I find that any one type of paint or technique is not enough for me. Each of my works evolves through many layers of water colour, gouache and the finest coloured pencils, engraved intermittently with a pen nib and revisited many times before I am happy with the outcome. I am fascinated with the colour and texture of feathers and fluff, the character of individual birds and the behaviour of each species. Together these aspects form the ‘life essence’ of a bird, or those things that define it from others.

I strive to capture this essence as a snapshot of our daily experiences in native bird rehabilitation. As long as I am able to pick up a paintbrush there will always be birds to paint.

What a happy thought!”

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