I've started a series of quirky paintings where the birds feature with props or settings that tell the viewer something about their habits/personality or history.
This is the first of the series = The Rifleman. Others I am working on are the Whio, the Kakapo, and the Yellow-eyed Penguin.
It is thought that the name 'Rifleman' came from the similarity between the green of the birds plumage and the uniforms of the rifle regiments from the colonial era.
The Rifleman is carrying a Lee Enfield rifle which was used in New Zealand in the Land Wars/Musket Wars against the Maori people. Here I have put a native bird of New Zealand armed with a rifle flying high above the land. Maori eventually came to own these rifles to defend their position on their land.
Acrylic On Canvas
20cm W x 15cm H
(Currrently featured at the Otago Art Society Gallery Shop)