Painting birds with colorful objects just gives me pleasure, simply enough. When I decide what my next painting will be, I think of birds first; color, whimsy and sentiment all work around that subject.  I gather heirlooms and other objects and arrange them in a balancing act. Some of my birds are actually my own in captivity since I am a licensed wild bird rehabilitator.  I hope that my audience walks away feeling the same as I do with a painting in their hand as well.