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
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
Ella is every adorable baby elephant, sweet with joy and playfulness, finding fun in all aspects of being an elephant. I love the purple and green of the lily pads she's munching, and wanted to play up the spring colors to match her youth and innocence. 2019 20"x20" acrylic on canvas. Prints available. Original available.
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
My "Showoffs" series of four paintings featured cockatoos with outrageous crests. This one is the Black Palm cockatoo, a huge creature whose bright red cheek patches -- bare skin -- make them one of the most distinctively beautiful species of parrots. They are very intelligent, as with most parrot species, using tools as musical instruments… Continue reading Black Palm Cockatoo
Umbrella cockatoos. They're loud. Bite hard. Temperamental. Destructive. But oh, my heart. When they are sweet, they are sweet. They woo you with their soft clucks and beguiling eyes. They draw you in with emotional touches, burying their faces in your shoulder. Their feathers feel like fluffy silk, and they invite you to touch the… Continue reading Umbrella in the Wind
I've always been fascinated by parrotlets. Tiny little bundles of energy and fierce attitudes, they are devoted to their mate. And when they snuggle together, tucking their heads behind their wings, they form the shape of a heart. These two - mutations in green and blue - are done in digital pastels. This means it… Continue reading Pacific Parrotlets in Love
Years ago, I was commissioned by a fellow parrot lover, on a trade basis to create this portrait of an African Grey named Toby. Toby was an unusual grey in that he was a bit clownish in contrast to most greys' sort of stuffy and dignified manner. The trade was to be this portrait in… Continue reading Toby