This painting was inspired by birds I saw on a bike ride to Musselburgh, East Lothian, last summer (2020). I love goosanders - I can't resist their little tufted heads! That day I saw an abundance of beautiful seabirds along the Musselburgh seawall, near the river mouth including many eider ducks as well as groups of goosanders, plus mallards and also more swans than I'd ever seen before swimming out in the sea. I love drawing and painting birds, especially seabirds, and am sad that their numbers have been declining rapidly in recent decades. By featuring them in my art I hope I can make people more aware of them and their plight.
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