I've had an idea for a while that the notes on sheet music might look like the speckles on a bird's egg. The experiment seems to have worked! The background's texture is eggshells collaged onto the canvas. Twigs and sticks are secured with acrylic gel medium to create the nest. The sides of the gallery wrapped canvas are painted the same grass green color as the background and the back is wired for hanging.

- Jennifer Ross

Nestmaking-Song Sparrow's Nest

Acrylic, eggshells, twigs, sheet music on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

8" h x 8" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 0 oz.



Jennifer Ross
St. Charles, Illinois

Getting to Know Jennifer

Jennifer Ross grew up surrounded by the art of her mother and grandfather. Her attempt to follow in their footsteps presented detours, however, and she ended up working in art galleries selling other's work. But her desire to paint continued to grow throughout the years. In 2008, a gift certificate to a local art store turned into an epiphany when she decided to try painting. Jennifer found inspiration in a collection of antique prints of birds' nests and eggs by the English artist, F.O. Morris, and began to create an avian series. These paintings serve as symbolic family portraits of what we all hold dear - our home and loved ones. Today, she is often commissioned to paint various colored eggs representing patrons' family members.