Untitled, unfinished study of a juvenile Robin. Coloured pencil on live-edged oak, 12″ x 24″ approx.

An initial experiment in contouring a non-cartographic surface, using my own wildlife photography as reference.

I’m fortunate enough to see many guests in the garden, which is overlooked by my studio windows. I encourage the birds to visit regularly by keeping their feeders topped up – a ritual which is especially important during the winter months, when natural food sources are lower and the birds’ energy requirements are higher.

Below is a selection of some of my favourite photographs, mostly shot through the window. I use a D-SLR and 70-300mm lens.