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Sarais describes the inspiration for her artwork: “Murmur is an original, one of a kind, artwork, based on my memory of a cold winter evening at the reedbeds of Otmoor Nature Reserve. The experience of watching and hearing thousands of starlings as they swooped through the sunset sky was truly fascinating. By using papercut to define the masses of birds, I was able to impart a 3D effect as the murmuration came down into the reeds for safety as the sun set.
From childhood, Sarais Crawshaw was encouraged to be curious about the natural world and has concentrated her artwork on wildlife. Her aim is to capture some of the characters and behaviours of animals and to develop this into a picture. Crawshaw works in several media including acrylic, papercut and pastel, and often mixes media in her work. Most of her interests are in British wildlife, and she spends a lot of time in the wild gathering reference for her studio work.