Maori Ostrich Rider
When I began my series of rider paintings, I came upon some videos of tourists paying to ride ostriches in Australia. Their attempts were mostly amusing, if not outright bizarre. Why not, instead, show a painted Maori on the birds? Surely that would look more beautiful and dignified, so the design for this painting was born out of many sketches of ostrich forms and rough drafts of the overall composition.
Metallic and Liquitex acrylics on stretched canvas 36” x 36”