Print – Limited Edition Blue Wrens
About the Artist:
Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, Traci studied Interior Design, graduating in 1977. She worked for the Art & Design, Textile Craft and Art & Craft Departments at Melbourne State College before pursuing an Associate Diploma of Visual Arts in 1995.
Living on an isolated bush block in the mountains neighbouring the Snowy River National Park in far East Gippsland, Traci was inspired by the abundant wildlife and developed a passion for painting, exhibiting her Wildlife Art from 1989.
Holding 2 solo exhibitions & participating in many group exhibitions, she was also represented in many regional and Metropolitan Galleries. Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections across Australia, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Canada, America and England.
Traci was selected as a finalist in the Australian Artist Magazine’s 1998 Watercolour Art Prize.
Water colour and gouache along with airbrush ink bring these Australian birds and animals to life. Limited Edition Prints of her paintings are available exclusively through WWOOF Australia.
Adult male Superb Fairy-wrens are among the most brightly coloured of their species, especially during breeding season. They have rich blue and black plumage above and on the throat and their belly is grey-white and the bill is black. Several courtship displays by superb fairywren males have been recorded. The 'sea horse flight', named for its seahorse-like undulations, is one such display. During this exaggerated flight, the male—with his neck extended and his head feathers erect—tilts his body from horizontal to vertical, and descends slowly and springs upwards by rapidly beating his wings after alighting on the ground. The 'face fan' display may be seen as a part of aggressive or sexual display behaviours; it involves the flaring of the blue ear tufts by erecting the feathers. The group often shelters and rests together during the heat of the day. Food is harder to find during winter and they are required to spend the day foraging continuously.