THE ARTIST: Jeff Davies (born 1957) is arguably Australia's finest ever bird field guide illustrator, with an international reputation, and has worked as a full time artist from 1987. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.
ARTIST NOTES: "My most recent works are larger scale. They reflect a desire to show more of the habitat of the subject species, and allow a greater variety of elements for a more complex composition. I want people looking at my work to recognize familiar scenes, reminiscent of their own observations of wild birds. With the increase in size of my work I have been tempted to switch media to Oil paint, but I am now very comfortable with a combination of Watercolour, Gouache and acrylic on Rag paper. It's somewhat unconventional but it works for me and I am still discovering new ways of getting the most out of this unorthodox combination."