Iridescent and metallic acrylic paint give this show off peacock a subtle glimmer. Original available for purchase.
My nephew Andrew is a patriotic fellow. Born in Texas, Andrew grew up in Iowa with a deep sense of loyalty to both states. For his graduation gift, I painted this essential "Andrew" in digital oils. From the purple mountains in the back to the amber grain in the front, his passion for his homelands… Continue reading The Life of Andrew
This unique piece included a background of tissue paper carefully layered and the chickadee painted in acrylics in the foreground, all on the top of a beautiful cedar box and lined with satin. 5x7" cedar box with mixed media. Signed JBray.
Stylish portrait ornaments are a unique way to remember a lost pet, commemorate an event, or create a holiday to remember. These can be hung as portraits, on Christmas trees, on walls, in windows... They are made of ceramic, measure approximately 4"x4". They are heavy and fine quality, painted with the same professional quality paints… Continue reading Portrait Ornaments: Birds
Beeper, the beautiful moustache parakeet, posing in the sunlight for the perfect portrait. 9x12" watercolor on paper. Signed JBray.
My girl, my feathered child, my lifelong companion, my Ziggy. She's 19 years of sassy vocabulary and smartaleck humor, of nuzzles and preening feathers, of learning to go with the flow and self-soothe without feather destruction. She's an African Grey parrot, and she's going to be with me till I die, because she will probably… Continue reading Ziggy
black swan (n) an unpredictable or unforeseen event, typically one with extreme consequences. This piece expressed my shock and horror at an event that I did not foresee which completely obliterated my seemingly stable life. The details do not matter; however there was a great deal of pain shared by several people, and new lives… Continue reading Black Swan
Songbirds - a grouping of four small-format acrylic paintings This small grouping of four songbirds (clockwise from top left: Carolina Wren, titmouse, black-capped chickadee and white-breasted nuthatch) was inspired by the new spring in a part of town that has a lot of beautiful songbirds singing. I find them incredibly animated, full of life and… Continue reading Songbirds
Blue-throated macaws are critically endangered parrots, suffering from loss of habitat and poaching. The Blues Foundation runs a charity auction yearly, and a few years ago I auctioned this off to benefit their foundation. It raised almost $250 for their organization. These blue-throated macaws are painted in acrylic paint on a naturally shed blue and… Continue reading Blues on Blue
I love parrots. They are incredibly complex, emotional creatures, and they have a powerful weapon right on their face. They fit into our lives, learning our language, understanding our non-verbal cues better than we do ourselves. It is all in the eyes. There are thoughts forming and connections developing every second. I can just imagine… Continue reading Blue and Gold Macaw