Wandering albatross

Wandering albatross

The Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) is one of the largest flying birds on the planet, with a wing span of up to 3.25 metres. It spends most of the time gliding around on the strong winds of the Southern Ocean, circling the globe as it goes. When it does decide to make landfall, one of it’s favourite breeding sites is Macquarie Island, a sub-Antarctic island half way between Tasmania and Antarctica. Not that it’s in a hurry – young albatrosses can spend up to six years at sea. It’s a good thing they’ve perfected their power naps, sleeping for seconds at a time while flying.

Size of illustration is A2 (42 x 59.4 cm)

Superb Fairywrens

Superb fairywrens

Superb fairywrens (Malurus cyaneus) are small little birds that bounce around our gardens and fields all year round in Tasmania. One amazing thing about this little bird, measuring only 14 cm, is that the male changes colour. Most of the time he is brownish in colour, resembling the female, but when his hormones start raging and mating season is near, his hood colours bright blue with black markings. They always bring a smile to my face, so I thought I’d bring their smiles out in return 🙂

Pink Robin

Pink robin

The Pink robin (Petroica rodinogaster) is a tiny little pink-breasted ball of a bird, measuring 13 cm or less from the tip of its beak to the end of the tail feathers. Only males have a pink chest and belly, to impress the more sombre looking brown females. These gorgeous little birds are of course found in Tasmania 🙂


Spider illustrations

I’m currently working on a book about spiders and arachnophobia. A monster project in many ways, with over 100 illustrations created in 2020/21. More than 80 of the illustrations are cartoon images, the rest are lifelike illustrations of spiders.

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The Triple Portrait Assignment

Many years ago, a friend of mine bought a large scale “double portrait” (see more information below). I am happy to say she has displayed it on her wall ever since. About 10 years later, I was contacted by a friend of hers. She wondered if I could make her something similar. Of course I took on the challenge, this time aiming for a “triple portrait”.

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Black Forest Farm Building

“Hof Hannesen” is the name of this Black Forest farm building, situated in the Black Forest in south-western Germany. The farm belongs to friends of mine, and has belonged to their family for generations. The oldest parts of the main building are over 400 years old. Over the centuries the house has been expanded and changed, from being a combined animal barn and family home to the current setup with 2-3 separate households under the same roof.

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