It was the patterns on the butterflies’ wings which made me want to paint them, as well as the camouflage colours. Both the colours and the patterns reflect the landscape which these butterflies need to hide in. Close up, these patterns make the most beautiful abstract images, while at the same time echoing the Australian landscape. This piece, to me, is at the same time an “abstract” evocative landscape, reminiscent of Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia, where I found the butterfly; it is also a well-observed painting of the detail on this local butterfly: the Xenica’s, wing.
This is painted in quality Oil Paint on board, supported in an elegant professionally-built box frame, total dimensions: 32 x 27 cm, 5 cm deep.