Superb Fairy-wren in Casuarina, 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 11x14" Frame
It was William John Anderson, who was traveling with Captain James Cook on his third voyage, who spotted the first Superb Fairy-wren at Adventure Bay on Bruny island in south eastern Tasmania.
Most people find the striking blue colour of the male very attractive and it is this which makes him most conspicuous, while the female is a rather drab brownish grey. An interesting fact about these little birds is that they live in family groups and tend to “siesta” in the middle of the day, when they perch together, and engage in preening, and this is why they are most obvious in the mornings and the afternoons, but seem to disappear at midday. At night they sleep together huddled along a branch for warmth and protection against both predators and inclement weather.
The male is very territorial and sings loudly in the early mornings to advertise his territory, which can vary from a half to two hectares. The male also sometimes carries coloured petals when he is courting.
The pattern along the bottom edge of this art work is a symbolic styling of the vanes of his bright blue feathers
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.