The artist, Julie Cunningham, born in Doncaster, but now lives on a smallholding outside a friendly village in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
This move, according to Julie, is one of the best moves she and her husband have made. This has given her the opportunity to pursue her passion for farm animals, wildlife and painting.
She has found herself endeavouring to capture some of the character and
beauty of nature, experimenting with different materials and media before choosing feathers. She uses her skills in painting a varied selection of animals, on a very unusual canvas. The thing that sets her apart from other artists in the same field is what the feathers are displayed in.
These are a variation of wood, glass and slate. Making each piece, not only
the painting its self, but each individual feather and the way they are displayed are quite unique and sometimes a little quirky.
The Feather may mean different things to different people. The most
common being; A white feather is sent to offer you encouragement, provide
guidance and to let you know that you or a loved one is being protected.
Feathers have such a profound meaning to a lot of people, but have a real
significance to Julie.
There always seems to be a feather landing on or near her when she is either feeling down or has lost a loved one. They appear in the strangest places at the most inopportune times.
The Feathers have been shed naturally from her own flock. Her idea to use the feathers as a canvas has meant that they are no longer just a discarded produce of the birds, but are now put to good use.