Keeping Up Appearances

Flamingo painting by Emma Swift

Keeping Up Appearances

Emma Swift

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Keeping Up Appearances
Emma Swift
Artwork Size (cm)
80cm x 55cm


About the piece:
Emma has realised that using art to save wildlife is an extremely important motivator to keep painting. ‘Keeping up Appearances’ depicts a solo flamingo. Out of a flock of flamingos – a mass of pink plumage, big bodies, twiggy legs and long necks – one individual stands out, highlighted in contrasting light. The close crop focuses in on this immense and distinctive beak performing the delicate process of preening. Much time is spent maintaining feathers, removing dust and pests, realigning each barb, and applying oil for waterproofing. The complexity of feather layers on any bird are incredible, but on the flamingo this moment also reveals the layers of colour – from white to pale pink, from vibrant orangey red to black.

At least 50% of the proceeds from this sale will support the charitable work of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.