20″ X 24″

Implicit in the outward forms of migrant birds and animals are travellers’ tales of flights and treks, of arrivals, departures and time in motion. The migrants bring with them a cultural heritage that enriches the lives of residents. In its long journey, an English Swallow, dark from above, light from below, swallows landscape. Its travail begins in the elemental South African solar heat that is transformed by photosynthesis into Protea flowers. The heat generates a propelling force that carries the bird over veld, above water-seeking springboks, across deserted sand dunes and dark-light realms of fluttering hoopoes until green-topped, white cliffs signal arrival time before May begins to bloom. Speedwell urges onwards; forget-me-not reminds of home; cowslips reflect the strengthening warmth of rising sun, and terns join in aerobatic arrival celebrations. But where is the welcome for human immigrants?


Professionally printed giclee canvas prints which maintain the texture, color and look of the original paintings. The loose canvas prints are reproduced on acid and lignin free cotton-poly exhibition canvas with an elegantly textured matte finish and wide color gamut. The canvas base is enhanced with plastic polymers and a UV-inhibiting coating ready for gallery wrapping. Dimensions are approximate to the nearest inch and do not include an additional one-inch perimeter.


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About the Artist

Dr. Alan Rayner has been expressing awareness of Natural Inclusion through his art for over fifty years using oils, acrylics, watercolors and inks on a variety of surfaces. He has acquired a colorful, technically unrefined, symbolic style in order to depict imaginary scenes that would come into mind ‘out of the blue’ while drawing inspiration from the natural world. 

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