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 Museum Glass, which cuts out 99% of damaging ultra-violet rays. The clarity and anti-reflective properties are truly astonishing.
From January 2013, all original paintings will come with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed and dated by the artist.
Frances is now offering stunning LIMITED EDITION GICLEE PRINTS of a few select works. The detail and quality has to be seen to be believed! For further information, please visit:
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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.