There are many legends surrounding Koi Carp. It is because of the particular story below that, at a time of ongoing global upheaval in 2016, I was inspired to paint these creatures, symbolic of facing adversity with strength and determination.

 

‘..An ancient tale tells of a huge school of golden Koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the Koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away.

 

The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice. After a hundred years of jumping, one Koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the Koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the embodiment of power and strength.’
credit: Koi Story

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British Garden Songbirds

A3 giclee print

This is a giclee print of my original pen, ink and watercolour illustration of 18 species of British songbirds common to UK gardens.

Printed onto beautifully textured 225gsm Somerset enhanced 100% cotton paper using professional pigment inks, this print is available as A3 (L-30 x 40cm) or A3+ (XL-33 x 48cm) and is available unframed or framed (black or white frames available).

Growing up I got a lot of pleasure from watching and identifying birds in the garden, noticing how different species would visit depending on the season and getting to understand their behaviours simply by observing. So I’d wanted to draw some of the UK’s native birds for some time, and thought this would be the perfect way to celebrate their diversity, as well as serving as a fun identifier to help bird-lovers of any age or level of geekery determine one species from another.
Featured birds In order of appearance: Long-tailed Tit; Eurasian Nuthatch; Goldcrest; Wren; Great Tit; Pied Wagtail; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Greenfinch; Coal Tit; European Robin; Dunnock; Eurasian Blue Tit; Common Blackbird; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Eurasian Bullfinch; European Starling.

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All unframed and mounted prints come in protective stay-flat sleeves and are packaged in stiffened envelopes. Framed prints include a descriptive fact-sheet about the subject and are safely bubble-wrapped and sent via courier.
Please allow between 1-2 weeks for production and delivery for framed prints.

Koi Carp

This is a giclee print of my original pen, ink and watercolour illustration of the widely admired Koi Carp

There are many legends surrounding Koi Carp. It is because of a particular story that, at a time of ongoing global upheaval in 2016, I was inspired to paint these creatures, symbolic of facing adversity with strength and determination.

‘..An ancient tale tells of a huge school of golden Koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the Koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away. The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice. After a hundred years of jumping, one Koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the Koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the embodiment of power and strength.’
credit: Koi Story

Printed onto beautifully textured 225gsm Somerset enhanced 100% cotton paper using professional pigment inks, this print is signed and is available in two sizes: L, and XL, unframed, mounted or framed.

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All unframed and mounted prints come in protective stay-flat sleeves and are packaged in stiffened envelopes. Framed prints include a descriptive fact-sheet about the subject and are safely bubble-wrapped and sent via courier. Please allow between 1-2 weeks for production and delivery for framed prints.

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