This painting is called barn owls on a chair.
I absolutely love painting barn owls.
I love their faces. I love their feathers.
I love everything about them.
But the inspiration for the painting was the chair, and the chair I saw alongside a sofa in Turkey, and I thought this is too good to be true, suddenly in the middle of nowhere this wonderful Patchwork furniture.
So that’s why I wanted to put it in the painting and I thought then what do I put with the chair and I thought of the barn owls and then I thought of the landscape around about.
But I had such fun doing the patchwork and also doing their feathers and then you’ll see certain colours that I introduced that actually, were very necessary because they defined the shape of the chair in the way the patchwork wasn’t doing.
It’s a lot of artistic license, but at the same time you get a feeling of their domain, which is the woodland and the barns beyond and this wonderful garden folly and a walled in garden.
To me one of the most satisfying pictures I’ve ever done and I think the owls themselves speak to you.
I mean I spend hours on every face of every animal I do but I feel that they’re all absolutely alive, and I could look at it forever.