Bird 'portraits' on display at gallery

Last updated 05:00 22/11/2012
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FOCUS ON BIRDS: Blenheim artist Nicolas Dillon with one of his works, which is on display at the McAtamney Gallery in Geraldine.

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Blenheim artist Nicolas Dillon's love of birdlife is on show in Geraldine.

Dillon is the latest exhibiting artist at McAtamney Gallery, where a range of his large works have been attracting attention.

Inspired from childhood by the dry and dusty Wither Hills of his hometown, Dillon began drawing birds from a young age.

He was particularly fascinated by the characters of the paradise ducks in the region.

They remain a favourite subject of his, making use of their vibrant colours and expressive character.

Armed with a sketchbook and a telescopic lens, Dillon is able to observe wildlife at close range in their natural habitat.

He has an eye for detail, including shade detail, the line of feathers or fur and expression of the subject. Dillon views his works as portraits.

He has exhibited at the prestigious Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodston Art Museum in Wisconsin and the Society of Wildlife Artists in London.

His latest exhibition at McAtamney Gallery includes two watercolours and three oil paintings.

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- The Timaru Herald

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