Artist and biologist Chris Maynard’s lifelong work with feathers has resulted in an art form that honors feathers and the birds they come from. With his artwork, Maynard aims to show that the appreciation of feathers can reconnect us to the wonder of life and inspire us to live lightly on the landscapes that we share with birds. He explains, ‘In my work I try to capture a feeling of a bird and give meaning in the simplest way, often in a silhouette. This is in part because my medium does not allow for a lot of detail. Feathers appear to us as endearingly delicate, but they are actually, like my work quite tough.’ The feathers derive mainly from private aviaries as Maynard prefers naturally shed feathers.
All images © Chris Maynard