Birds In Print
The language of flight is at once liberating and inspired, reaching the most beautiful part of our human spirit. Birds have always fed artistic imaginings as symbolic representatives of beauty, discovery, transcendance and ultimately freedom.
This collection combines some of my own work but many other pieces that reinterpret selected great works of ornithological artists such as Edward Lear, Elizabeth and John Gould, and James Audobon.
These original illustrations were made in what is often referred to as the 'great age of discovery' with contemporaries such as Darwin, Wallace and Humbolt. This time of scientific discovery, preceded the conservation movement of our time.
Now with one in eight bird species threatened with extinction we are no longer just explorers or adventurers but stewards of the natural world.
The Orkney Collection
The Orkney islands have some of the richest bird life in the world. A natural resting point for migration routes, all kinds of unusual species can pass through here, as well as nesting birds, safe from land predators. From the comical puffin to the majestic sea eagle, the Orkney collection features birds from these islands. With big open skies, clean air and slow northern sunsets, Orkney inspires a love for birds and nature.
There are over ten thousand species of bird in the world. I've chosen birds that feature prominently in mythology, or are of particular signifance as baromenters of health in the environment.
I work with Hahnemühle German Etching, the highest quality giclee printing, and the physical pieces are more textured and detailed than one can envisage with a digital image.
I also take commissions, if you have a particularly significant bird that is important to you.
Georgia Allan-Hadley was born on the island of Papua New Guinea, home of the ethereal birds of paradise, which sparked a lifelong affinity with the avian world. She has migrated through the Bahamas, Bahrain, Swaziland, Washington DC and London, and now lives and works in the Orkney islands, Scotland.