The Bird has been around for a very long time, without boundaries. A bird as an image or a metaphor alludes to flight and therefore a symbol of freedom. Freedom is a natural part of its existence at a time when it may seem increasingly lacking for humans. This year I wanted to use a loose approach to the paint and painting medium on canvas and a freer gesture of brushwork and palette knife to create the sense of release and freedom. The colours, light and nature of the landscape are represented as the background, but are also integral in flight, of bird or animal.