Birds have such variety in shape, color and characteristics that they are naturally fun subjects to paint. Their mannerisms are unique and sometimes comical. My backyard and country surroundings are full of many different species. They have become cheerful morning friends at my back deck. Some are magnificent birds to be admired from afar in the large cottonwood trees around the pastures. Small or large, noisy or quiet, solitary or flocking, I am grateful to have them in my world and happy to give them a page of their own.