Macaw Parrot Art Projects - Over the years parrots have been a strong subject matter for many of the paintings. The first birds were often captive birds in private UK bird collections. Over the years I have been lucky enough to view and paint in public and private collections of these spectacular parrots around the world.
Many of the macaw painting commissions have been for parrot owners who love to have their favourite bird of species immortalised in paint. There is something about the bright plumage which just gives itself to the medium of oil paint or acrylic. However, the modern watercolour paints have such good strong colours and pigment to allow the fluid tones of watercolour to work equally as well.
Macaws are long-tailed, often colorful New World parrots from South, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Of the many different Psittacidae (true parrots) genera, six are classified as macaws: Ara, Anodorhynchus, Cyanopsitta, Primolius, Orthopsittaca, and Diopsittaca. Previously, the members of the genus Primolius were placed in Propyrrhura, but the former is correct in accordance with ICZN rules. Macaws are native to Central America and North America (only Mexico), South America, and formerly the Caribbean. Most species are associated with forests, especially rainforests, but others prefer woodland or savannah-like habitats.
The majority of macaws are now endangered in the wild and a few are extinct. The Spix's macaw is now probably extinct in the wild. The glaucous macaw is also probably extinct, with only two reliable records of sightings in the 20th century. The greatest problems threatening the macaw population are the rapid rate of deforestation and illegal trapping for the bird trade.
The parrot paintings now hang in private art collections around the world, including the natural home of the macaws South and Central America - If you would like to discuss a new macaw - parrot art project please email the art studio.
Macaw Parrot Art Projects