Southern Cassowary is a mixed medium painting of the Australian Cassowary . I used acrylics as undercoating for the leaves and trees and pastels over the top. The cassowary is done in acrylics using them thin like watercolours.
This painting has been chosen to be hung in the Mall Gallery in St James London for the David Shepard endangered species exhibition. The competition was opened to International Artists. I feel very honoured to be chosen to be part of this exhibition.
There are three extant species. The most common of these, the southern cassowary, is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.
Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food including shoots, grass seeds, and fungi in addition to invertebrates and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries, occasionally fatal, to dogs and people. Their big claws can rip open a stomach and de-bowl a human. They live the rainforests of North Queensland Australia.