A spoonbill in a deep sea diving suit painted on the 2 of hearts card


28cm x 20cm (approx 11″ x 8″)

Acrylic, gouache, watercolour and pastel on playing card

This was painted for a themed group show to celebrate Just Another Agency’s 12th birthday – 54 artists were randomly given oversized playing cards to work on.

The 2 of hearts card symbolises love and the search for a soulmate. My deep sea diving bird is based on the Royal Spoonbill – during breeding season they grow a tuft of feathers at the back of their heads and brightly coloured patches on their otherwise dark grey faces. This one’s suit has a heart pattern and he’s on a deep dive looking for someone special.

I used metallic coppers and bronzes for the suit collar and weights.