Tasmanian Yellow Wattlebird in Banksia, 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 Yellow Wattlebird is endemic to Tasmania and is the largest of all the honeyeaters, and can weigh up to 250 gms. In the past (as late as the 1970’s), they were subject to an open shooting season. This was because their diet of nectar made them especially delicious eating.
The Yellow Wattlebird is so named because of the rich yellow wattles which are long and pendulous and quite distinctive. They can be quite aggressive when they’ve found a cache of nectar laden plants, and will drive off smaller honey eating birds which might compete for this bounty. While the nectar of banksia flowers is a favourite, they also feed off flowering eucalypts, and insects and spiders as well as manna, and have been known to peck at orchard fruit.
The patterning of their plummage is quite beautiful - unfortunately their calls are not; being quite harsh and raucous.
The pattern along the side of this art work is a stylised representation of the fruit of the banksia in which this bird is perched.
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.