Animals Painted On Delicate Feather Canvases By Jamie Homeister
New Albany, Indiana-based folk artist Jamie Homeister has chosen a truly unconventional canvas for her beautiful animal and bird paintings – feathers. She usually receives the feathers from customers who commission her to paint images of their birds that the given feathers actually belonged to.
She says that the meticulous process of painting on feathers is sometimes no easier than “painting on blades of grass.” However, she finds working with feathers highly inspiring, paying tribute to Native American culture and to her Canadian heritage.
“Featherwork is an incredibly humbling media… you really have to let the materials speak to you not only in their formation, but also how you can manipulate the canvas to best represent the chosen animal. The feathers splice, buckle, splinter and shred under the weight of paint,” explains Homeister. “Yet the challenge is an honorable one.”