Parrot paintings


 Biography and statement

"Most of what I learned about painting techniques came from sessions with other artists; I have been fortunate to learn from a talented few. My motivation and inspiration comes from the natural world, especially from parrots and their kinds."

Born 1959, Netherlands
Resides in Amersfoort, Netherlands.

Main exhibitions:
- International Parrot Convention VIII - Tenerife - 2014
- 'Artists for Conservation' - Vancouver, Canada - 2012
- Artis Library - Amsterdam - 2012
- Blue Penny Museum - Port Louis, Mauritius - 2011/2012
- 'L'Animal dans l'Art '- Paris - 2009, 2010, 2011
- 'Van Texel tot Mauritius' - Galerie Oog voor Natuur, NL - 2010
- 'Artists for Conservation' - Hiram Blauvelt Museum, NJ - 2009
- 'Oog voor overleven' - Galerie Oog voor Natuur, NL - 2009
- 'Art and the Animal' - Neville Public Museum, WI - 2008
- 'Art und Vielfalt' - Museum fur Naturkunde Magdeburg, Germany - 2008
- 'Small works, big impressions' - The Wildlife Experience, CO - 2007
- 'Art and the Animal' - The Wildlife Experience, CO - 2007
- 'Birds in Art' - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum of Art, WI - 2006
- 'Art and the Animal' - Nevada State Museum - 2005


Techniques:
- oil on canvas or panel
- watercolour on watercolour paper

Memberships:
- Artists for Conservation
- Society of Animal Artists

Study trips:
- Kenya
- South Africa
- Egypt
- Mexico
- U.S.A. several parks and states
- Svalbard (Spitsbergen)
- Ireland
- Mauritius
- Reunion
- China
- Canada



Publications:
- "A Treasury of endemic fauna of Mauritius and Rodrigues" / Christian le Comte Publisher,
   ISBN 978-99949-30-11-1, 2011
- Illustration in magazine "Vogels" of the Dutch Bird Protection, 2012
- Column "Passion" in Folia Civitatis of the University of Amsterdam, 2012
- Best of World Wide Landscape Artists / Kennedy Publishing - 2010
- Annual book Art of Conservation: Report of Expedition to Mauritius - 2010
- Parrot Magazine: "Spix's macaws" - 2009
- Parrot Companion Magazine: Highlight of Parrot Art - 2006
- Wildlife Magazine Ukraine: Article about the Andean Condor - 2005

Ria made a specialization out of painting parrots and pigeons.
These birds have always been an interest because of their colors and characters. Many people share their lives and home with parrots and pigeons so these birds in art are loved by many people too. Her first study trip to observe parrots and pigeons in the wild was in May 2009 when she visited the tropical island of Mauritius to observe the endangered Echo Parakeet and Pink pigeon. This project was a sponsored Flag expedition by the Artists for Conservation Foundation. It resulted in her first book "A Treasury of endemic fauna of Mauritius and Rodrigues".

For further information please contact riawinters11@gmail.com



















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