The Kakapo is a New Zealand native bird that is struggling against the threat of extinction. They are a nocturnal bird who are not prolific breeders, and remaining numbers are small.
In this painting I have tried to set the bird in his natural environment at night time but stepping out of the dark to be lit by a lamp commonly found in NZ homes. He is stepping into the limelight so that we can know him and fight for his survival.
I see the male Kakapo as an old man who wanders the forest floor; a dear old gentleman who is unable to defend himself from predators.
Kakapo Stepping Into The Light
Acrylic on Canvas
15cm W x 20cm H
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