ORIGINAL ART – ‘TUFT’, Tawny Frogmouth


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Tawny Frogmouth

Original artwork
Ink and watercolour
200mm x 220mm
by Shannon Dwyer


Certificate of Authenticity information:

‘Tuft’ was created using a traditional nib dip pen and ink, along with professional-grade watercolours executed on 425gsm 100% cotton rag watercolour paper. This original artwork includes the ‘Shannon Dwyer Originalembossment and hand-penned signature validating it as an original artwork of Shannon Dwyer.

Tawny Frogmouths are Shannon’s absolute favourite bird. With stunning mottled feathers and its absolutely GLORIOUS ‘what the hell do you want face’, this bird is unrivalled by any other, in her eyes. Shannon got completely lost in the inkwork of this artwork, thoroughly enjoying capturing its character, colourings and patterns. 

Found throughout Australia and Tasmania, Tawny Frogmouths mate for life, with a breeding pair often staying in the same territory for more than 10 years! Looking like a shocked, electrocuted fuzz-ball, in its juvenile years this remarkable bird has evolved to be the ultimate master of disguise – easily being confused with a tree branch thanks to its oh-so soft, bark-coloured feathers. It’s highly likely most Australians have walked under a tree that a tawny frogmouth was roosting in and have never known it was there! After sleeping all day, at dusk, they shake their disguise and begin their hunt – utilising their huge, vibrant yellow eyes for nocturnal hunting. The bulk of the Tawny Frogmouth’s diet is made up of nocturnal insects, worms, slugs and snails. Small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds are also eaten. Most food is obtained by pouncing to the ground from a tree or other elevated perch. Habitat loss is the most serious threat to the species, whether through land clearing, forestry or intensive bushfires. This species conservation status is: Least Concern.


*Artwork price includes signed original artwork, Certificate of Authenticity and free delivery within Australia*

Artwork is unframed so you don’t pay unnecessary freight costs. That way, you can choose the style/colour of your frame to suit your home.
This piece will be delivered in a large reinforced postage tube, rolled securely in (and protected by) acid-free tissue paper.


Framing tips and suggestions:
This piece is best ‘float-mounted’ and framed behind glass.
‘Float-mounting’ allows the paper to have a bit of ‘freedom’ which watercolour paper often needs as its rarely perfectly ‘flat’. By ‘mounting’ the artwork, it showcases the raw edges of the watercolour paper and subtle wave of the paper to enhance the the fact that its an original artwork with delicious ‘imperfections’.


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