Scarlet Robin in Black Peppermint, Tasmania
'Birds of Tasmania' Fine Art Print
Artwork by Sylvie Gerozisis
Pigment ink print on 100% Cotton Rag archival paper
Open Edition Print
23 x 33cm
To suit 11 x 14" Frame
The male in this painting is a plump little fly catcher, and his sudden appearance (often together with his less colourful mate), in about March to April in southern Tasmania, is a sure indication that autumn is approaching.
The robin will tend to perch and wait in the branches of a tree, such as this eucalypt, and use this platform to fly out and catch insects on the wing or on the ground.
During courtship, the male will feed the female as well as display the white patch on his wings. And while it is the female who builds the nest and binds it with cobwebs, it is the male who continues to feed her even while while she is incubating their eggs.
Quite frequently the nests of Scarlet Robins are used by cuckoos, which then results in the pair having to work extra hard to feed and raise this gargantuan chick in place of their own.
The pattern along the side of the painting is a stylised representation of the geometric shape of the eucalypt’s flower buds.
Sylvie Gerozisis is a Tasmanian Botanical Artist, whose work also extends to Tasmanian wildlife subjects and landscapes.
She studied Fine Arts at Sydney University and Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, and has taught Visual Art as well as Design and Technology.
Sylvie works almost exclusively in watercolour, and her artwork often incorporates distinctive elements of pattern and design, which relate strongly to the particular subject.
She has exhibited widely over the years and her artwork is held in private collections throughout Australia.
The artwork is printed on 100% cotton rag archival paper. All prints have been personally checked and hand signed by the artist.