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Frances McMahon

Frances McMahon

Watercolour Bird Artist. Masterfully painted with extraordinary detail.

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BACKGROUND:

Born in January 1965, AUSTRALIAN artist Frances McMahon has had an avid passion in illustrating Australia's beautiful native birds since the age of five. Her talent was apparent at an early age, accepting her first commission when she was around fourteen, to renowned artist Paul Ashton Delprat, now principal of the Julian Ashton Art School. Paul swapped her painting for one of his etchings ~ a swap Frances was delighted with!

Her original paintings hang in private collections in New York, Minnesota, Ontario and her home country of Australia.

Developed over many years, her self-taught technique consists of airbrushed backgrounds (liquid acrylic), with the main work completed in watercolour and transparently applied gouache.
Using a minute brush, each painting may take between 30 and 230 hours to complete. Some details are so fine they may only be seen with a magnifying glass.
Ensuring the longevity of each original painting, only the finest quality archival materials are used. All paintings use either 1680gsm Canson Conservation Board OR 2000gsm Rising Museum Board for the ground. This is completely acid free, mildew and rot resistant, buffered against acid migration and free from optical brighteners. Additionally, only ASTM rated I or II paints are used, to ensure maximum lightfastness.

All original works are framed to the highest conservation standard, using museum quality 100% cotton rag matting, and "tru vue" Conservation Clear glass, which cuts out 99% of damaging ultra-violet rays.

From January 2013, all original paintings will come with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed and dated by the artist.

Commissions are welcome. Please click on the "ABOUT" tab for further information.

TIP: If you run your mouse over the image(s), bright green squares appear. LEFT CLICK on any square, and a full-resolution preview will appear. I recommend having a look at these, as these enlargements will give some idea of the detail involved.

 

 

Darkness Before the Deluge - Pale-headed Rosellas by Frances McMahon

 

The Pied Piper - Australian Magpie by Frances McMahon

 

Heatwave - Eastern Rosellas by Frances McMahon

 

Surf 'n' Turf - Franklin's Gulls by Frances McMahon

 

New Life - Little Lorikeets by Frances McMahon

 

The Happy Couple - Eastern Rosellas by Frances McMahon

 

Waiting for the Rains - Eastern Rosellas by Frances McMahon

 

Green and Gold - Yellow-Billed Kingfishers by Frances McMahon

 

Here Comes The Sun - Rainbow Bee-Eaters by Frances McMahon

 

Afternoon Repose - Rainbow Bee-Eaters by Frances McMahon

 

Lucky Seven - Gouldian Finches by Frances McMahon

 

Three Guys for Every Girl - Gouldian Finches by Frances McMahon

 

Rock Stars - Painted Finches by Frances McMahon

 

Splash - Pacific Black Duck by Frances McMahon

 

Morning Light - Cockatiels by Frances McMahon

 

A Friendly Face - Cockatiel by Frances McMahon

 

Our Beautiful Home - Crimson Rosellas by Frances McMahon

 

Colour and Light - Crimson Rosella by Frances McMahon

 

ANBG Brochure cover by Frances McMahon

 

Lofty Visions - Wedge-Tailed Eagle by Frances McMahon

 

Lone Star - Nanday Conure by Frances McMahon

 

Tranquillity - Ring-Necked Doves by Frances McMahon

 

In a Shaft of Sunlight - Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos by Frances McMahon

 

Those Hard to Reach Places - Australian Pelican by Frances McMahon

 

Still Waters - Chestnut Teal by Frances McMahon

 

Australian Eden - Rainbow Lorikeets by Frances McMahon

 

Bush Monarchs - King Parrots by Frances McMahon

 

ANBG Brochure - Sydney Region Gully by Frances McMahon

 

ANBG Brochure - Panorama by Frances McMahon

 

ANBG Brochure - Ponds and Lawn by Frances McMahon

 

ANBG Brochure - Brittle Gum Woodland by Frances McMahon

 

The Gorgeous Guys - Plum-Headed Parakeets by Frances McMahon