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Kalamunda bird artist Sally Edmonds received the People’s Choice Award for her work Finding Shade at the Minnawarra Art Awards.

Dazzling galahs score People’s Choice Award

A COUPLE of striking galahs painted by a Kalamunda bird artist mesmerised crowds at the Minnawarra Art Awards recently.

Sally Edmonds took home the People’s Choice Award for her work titled Finding Shade starring two adoring galahs set against a bright blue backdrop.

Mrs Edmonds said she felt surprised to be recognised in the prestigious art awards, let alone to be exhibiting.

“It feels terrific, I didn’t think I’d get into the Minnawarra Art Awards, so I am really pleased” she said.

Finding Shade was the result of a trip to Roeburn last year for a bird tour where Mrs Edmonds was encouraged to explore the local cemetery where galahs were roosting.

“As my husband and I pulled up to the cemetery the two galahs landed on a dead tree.

“I took a load of photos, and I really loved the shape the two birds made.

“You could tell they were a couple and had been together for a while.”

Utterly infatuated with birds, Mrs Edmonds has eight of her own including two chickens, two budgies, two cockatiels, a lovebird and a galah named Freddy whose anatomy came in handy as she worked on her piece.

Layers of pencil, pastels and acrylic were built up to showcase the intricate details of each galah, which drew in viewers to look a little closer.

“In my work I try to show the character of the bird, it’s not just a bird, there is a lot more going on there,” Mrs Edmonds said.

“I try to show their personality and make a connection with the bird and the person looking at the work.”

She moved to Kalamunda just over five years ago and has devoted her life to bird art through her business, Sally Edmonds Art.

Mrs Edmonds also raises awareness on native bird conservation and donates all profits from select prints to Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre.

By Morgan de Smidt

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