These little bird studies began through photography. I was experimenting with a new camera's zoom and capturing birds in an almost fluid manner. I was intrigued by both the amount of expression that was able to come through the eyes and the movement of the space. From there I approached the idea of painting them quickly, expressively with the goal of creating a space that also appeared as fast and energetic as the photo. I wanted the space around the birds to have an air of movement and time.