I’ve been a great fan of The Birdwatcher’s Yearbook for over twenty-five years, so I’m thrilled to have been chosen to paint the cover image for the 2014 issue. Past artists include Chris Rose, Peter Partington and John Threlfall. The only difficulty has been keeping the painting under wraps until the publisher Buckingham Press Ltd, was ready to release it.
The brief was to paint a pair of birds, with one looking directly at the viewer, in any medium and style. The format had to be square, and the painting had to be at least twice the size of the reproduction. I could choose any species from the British List, providing my chosen species hadn’t been used as a cover image before.
I had a few species on my short list but decided to choose Smew, as it’s a bird I love to see and a popular one with many birders. So without further ado, here’s the painting…
… and here’s how it looks as the cover image
The Yearbook is an indispensible guide for birders, containing ornithological news, tide times, nature reserve information, bird clubs contact details, sightings checklists, book and website reviews and much, much more. See more details here: The Birdwatcher’s Yearbook
The Yearbook will be published in October 2013, and I’ll be showing the painting at Bird Fair 2013.