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Gorgeous Animal Portraits Painted on Wild Turkey Feathers

Connecticut-based artist, illustrator, and jewelry maker Brenda Lyons crafts gorgeous portraits of creatures on an unconventional surface. Moulted turkey feathers provide the unusual canvas for her ongoing series entitled Painted Feathers. We see different types of birds, coyotes, and fantastical beings grace these delicate earth-toned surfaces. Lyons depicts her subjects realistically using acrylic paint, and it's incredible how much fine detail is in each piece.

The artist states that she's always loved the worlds of fantasy and dreams, and as a child spent hours looking at the paintings of famous ornithologist and painter, John James Audubon. This, and a long-held interest in birds of prey continues to influence her work today.

If you're a fan of Lyon's style, you can purchase bird-related jewelry, prints, and leather goods from her Etsy shop. Inquires about her original paintings on feathers can be made by contacting her directly.




Brenda Lyons website and Etsy shop
via [TwistedSifter]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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