Diana was commissioned by Longwood and Gecko Group to create six sculptured representations that live in the meadow habitat where the farmhouse is located.
Golden painted edging glistens on the goldfinch's feathers.
Not only are Diana's birds superb, but so are the photographs of each one that she posts on her website. Her ability to transform bits of painted and fringed Canson paper into three dimensional, life-like creations has been featured widely online. To give you an idea of the time Diana spends on each bird, a feature on Smithsonian mentions that the construction of a cardinal "might translate to just over six sheets of paper and five days of labor."
"An eagle or a crane, on the other hand, means 10 to 15 sheets of paper and up to two weeks of time. She observes some of the species in the wild, studies photographs of birds, and confers with ornithologists and birding groups to ensure an impressive level of visual accuracy."
Diana builds an armature of paper strips, then covers it with feathers that she paints with watercolor inks.
Diana, a native of Colombia, is currently studying for a Master's degree in Fine Arts at UWE (University of the West of England) in Bristol and works on paper sculpture in her spare time. Since June, she has enlisted the help of Facebook fans to send her bird postage stamps from various countries. She is referencing the images to create bird and flower sculptures for an exhibit that will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia at the end of November. Stay up-to-date with Diana's latest work and exhibits via her website or Facebook.