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Expressive Paintings Capture the Unique Personalities of Birds in Every Brushstroke

Bird Paintings by Rachel Altschuler

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The diverse beauty of birds has inspired colorful paintings, incredible paper sculptures, as well as cuddly crochet companions. Artist Rachel Altschuler captures the unique personalities of birds in her series of expressive acrylic paintings. She uses a variety of brushstrokes and textures to portray their whimsical and sometimes enigmatic characters.

“I have always been passionate about animals—especially birds,” Altschuler explains in her artist statement. “They have such a unique energy and spirit about them.” Her acrylic paintings feature portraits of a variety of bird species, including horned owls, barn owls, cardinals, kingfishers, and hummingbirds. Altschuler imbues each subject with kinetic life by paying special attention to the face and—most importantly—the eyes. “I believe the eyes are truly windows to the soul, so capturing them is the most important aspect of my process,” she continues.”

Her careful application of color enhances the individual characteristics of each avian sitter. Additionally, the expressive, abstract background creates a dynamic and mysterious atmosphere around the birds. For example, Altschuler's portrait of a horned owl is surrounded by a pale greenish hue that exudes vivacity, whereas the hummingbird's blue background radiates a sense of calm and happiness.

You can purchase original paintings as well as prints via Altschuler's Etsy store, and follow the artist on Instagram to keep up to date with her latest creations.

Artist Rachel Altschuler creates expressive paintings of different species of birds.

Bird Paintings by Rachel Altschuler

She tries to bring out each bird's unique energy and personality in her art.

Bird Paintings by Rachel Altschuler

Altschuler accentuates the paintings with bold color and purposeful brushstrokes.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.

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