Indiana-based folk artist Jamie Homeister uses delicate feathers as her canvas for intricate paintings of animals. Giving a nod to her Canadian heritage and Native American culture, Homeister meticulously builds up layers of paint on the fragile surface, depicting parrots, owls, eagles, finches, and even animals like foxes and bears. Many of her commissioned portraits are even painted on feathers that belonged to the birds depicted themselves, bringing the artwork one step closer to nature and wildlife.
“Featherwork is an incredibly humbling media,” the artist says. “The feathers splice, buckle, splinter and shred under the weight of paint. Layering them in my multi-feather formations is even more difficult to execute, as you have layers of light, airy, thinly threaded buoyancy.”