Putting birds in the picture

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Captured in flight: Artist Zoe Wood draws a swap harrier seen at Edithvale Seaford Wetlands. Picture: Gary Sissons

ARTIST Zoe Wood has been drawing out the wildlife at Edithvale Seaford Wetlands this month by bringing beautiful images of wetland birds to life.

Home to 190 different bird species, the wetlands provide an important haven for local and migratory birds.

Avian visitors include the Australasian bittern, sharp-tailed sandpiper and Latham’s Snipe, which travels all the way from Japan.

Wood has been sketching and painting wildlife since 2014.

“I was 26 years old, working in the health and fitness industry, I was pretty unhappy with where my career was heading, and I had no idea I had any artistic talent,” she says on her website.

“I draw inspiration from the natural world and will paint or draw anything that grabs my attention. I love to capture the little details and individual character of the animals I paint.”

Drop in to the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Education, 278 Edithvale Rd, Chelsea Heights on Sunday 19 February, 1-5pm to see Wood at work. Entry is free.

She also accepts commissions to paint portraits of beloved family pets.

See zoewood.net or call 0432 697 035 for information.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 15 February 2017

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