Home is where you make it – created by Gordon Hanley
“Home is where you make it” and for these two Crimson Rosellas it is in the hollow of an old Gum tree. The hole has probably been created when a branch blew off leaving a scare which did not heal. So gradually with wind and rain a cosy little hollow has developed. The perfect place to raise a batch of young Rosellas. Rosellas are gregarious birds. Immatures commonly band with occasional adults in wandering feeding groups of up to 30 and more out of breeding season. Adults are less communal and seem more sedentary usually staying in pairs.
These birds are essentially seed and fruit eaters and will forage adeptly both on the ground and in the outer foliage of trees. Early morning sees them flying to drink and feed, clambering among the outer branches of trees and shrubs. The seeds of the eucalyptus are a staple diet.
This painting has gone into print, making it a very good investment piece.
Gordon Hanley spent most of his childhood in the bush, where he established a love and fascination of living things. Following this, he studied at the University of Queensland obtaining degrees in Biology and Geography. He later took up teaching and for ten years taught and lectured in these areas. During this time, Gordon studied watercolour and worked on his technique to establish himself as a master of this medium. A committed conservationist, Gordon’s work is inspired by the natural world. Partly by his innate scientific curiosity and partly by his feeling for the wildlife he paints and his desire to communicate this feeling to others.
This rare combination of artist and biologist gives Gordon’s wildlife art an exciting dimension that sets him apart from others. With his astonishing detail and often breath-taking compositions, Gordon’s work has a realism and aesthetic beauty attained by few wildlife artists in the world today.