Born a Yankee, and wandering through the South, Sabra finally found her home in Louisville, Kentucky, with all the beautiful songbirds surrounding her, and the most spectacular variety of trees she could possibly hope for.
“In my Aviary series, I have observed the movements and expressions of songbirds, ravens, crows, and owls of North America. My paintings capture textures like the oiliness of a Raven’s wing or the downy feel of a Barred Owl’s chest. They also capture facial expressions and the body language of a bird’s stance.
The birds are removed from their natural environment. They deserve center stage, because they are entertaining performers that exhibit a wide range of emotions. It is vital that these somewhat mundane and overlooked creatures are elevated to the realm of importance.
The backgrounds complement the mood of the bird with color, texture, and pattern. The various metal leaf’s I use in my work are a reminder of wealth and status, while also reflecting what is around them. Sometimes I apply plaster to build up interesting textures for the leaf to lay on. The patterns I use are derived from old damask patterns. The colors I use accentuate the mood, from joyful to mysterious”.
“I am fascinated by the tragic beauty of nature. There is a secret language to it that I am still trying to decipher. It is a feeling I get when observing the birds, animals, and trees around me. The feeling that I am experiencing something that is so familiar, and yet so extraordinary. The art of survival, I suppose. I see the struggles, the triumphs, the perseverance, and the failures. I feel a connection to it all. I find my humanness in nature.” Sabra Lynne Crockett