'When I grow up' (Sooty the melanisticBarn Owl) is one of 3 paintings inspired by a day at the falconry centre before lockdown. I immediately fell in love with thebeauty of the birds, especially the owls.Each owl has its own personality and name and I wanted to express this in my work, Sooty was just a fluffy chick back then,she is now a fully grown owl who I can't wait to see again in the future. I used acrylics to create this painting, to give me the freedom to experiment with texture. I have used large brush marks to build the feathers, using finer brush strokes to accentuate the details.'
The painting comes framed in a white wooden bespoke tray frame.
KIRSTIE STEADMAN - WHEN I GROW UP