Vulnerable birdlife captured in artwork

Bundeena artist Sonja Karl has used art to highlight the plight of some of Australia’s mot vulnerable wildlife.

Her lastest exhibition ‘‘Art for the birds’’ draws attention to the fact that of Australia’s 828 bird species 50 are listed as threatened.

Specifically focusing on the birds of Australia in the categories of vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered, Sonja hopes to give back to the wonderful animals that she describes.

‘‘With the obvious consequences of climate change, bad land management, feral animals and habitat loss, I have centered on the plight of Australia’s most vulnerable creatures to promote education, awareness and love of those most precious,’’ Sonja, a supporter of Birdlife Australia, said.

Sonja’s work brings out the birds’ innate nature of freedom by capturing a lively essence against the stark background of empty space. 

Using the medium of ink on paper, she creates a permanent image in the shapes and colours that identify the birds in their natural environment.

This mix of vibrant hues brings a natural energy to these endangered birds bringing these animals to life in her art.

Sonja, who lives within the Royal National Park from which she draws inspiration, wants to promote awareness of the dilemma facing our native birdlife and the need to take action.

  • Art for the Birds is on at the Art Arena Gallery, 1/39a Market Street, Wollongong from April 12-23.
For the birds:  using the medium of ink on paper, Sonja Karl creates a permanent image in the shapes and colours that identify the birds in their environment.

For the birds: using the medium of ink on paper, Sonja Karl creates a permanent image in the shapes and colours that identify the birds in their environment.