Michael McWilliams

The Bush Rovers, 2015

acrylic on linen

123 x 153

From the artist

Birds are an ever-present link to the natural world. Their ability to fly has enabled them to explore the planet in a way that is impossible for other animals. I admire and envy birds’ ability to fly because I would love to experience the beauty of Tasmania’s majestic landscape from a bird’s vantage point. The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is a nomadic wanderer, often being seen in forests, bushland or around agricultural and residential areas, especially when bad weather threatens the higher areas. This painting depicts the hills below the Western Tiers with cockatoos on early morning foraging flight.

Artist background

Born Launceston 1956, lives and works in Perth Tasmania. Exhibiting since the 1990s. Finalist in Wynne Prize 2008. Winner of Tasmanian Art Awards 1994, City of Burnie Art Prize 2000, Glover Prize 2004, Waterhouse Natural Art History Prize 2005 & 2008. Winner of People's Choice Award at the Glover Prize 2014 & 2012 & Bay Of Fires Art Prize 2012. Commissioned by Ten Days on the Island 2009 & 2011.

Represented by Handmark Gallery, Hobart/Evandale; Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne; & Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane