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Catherine Gowen

Bird Feathers


Giclee print of original watercolor


  • 4.5 x 6, framed to 7.25 x 9.25 inches, Black gallery frame, 1 ½ inches deep

Three feathers found in the meadow, marsh, and woods. Birds molt their feathers on average twice a year and will replace a lost or injured feather. The blue of feathers, as in the blue jay, are not color pigments, but refracted light that appears blue to the eye. The arrangement of the tiny barbs and barbules of the feathers refracts the light, making it appear blue. This is called “structural color”.

I am a self-taught nature artist focusing on the concept of Place. I work mainly in watercolor and pen and ink and often incorporate lettering and calligraphy in my pieces, following the traditional botanical illustration style of labeling the compositional elements. I work in my homes in New Jersey and Central Pennsylvania.

To purchase artwork, contact the artist directly; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County.