Bird Art: Fashion Or Message Of Peace?

At the age of 92, I still indulge in my creative pursuits on a daily basis. It keeps me focused and in an artistic world of my own. When the work of art is completed, I derive much satisfaction from it, and if others admire it, my day is made!


For years, I have been painting freehand on clothing items like blouses, t-shirts, trousers and dresses. Using fabric paint, acrylics and a variety of embellishments wherever applicable, each piece of art is unique and one of a kind.

Although no two works of art are alike, I paint flowers and birds often. While I never cease to be fascinated by the variety of bird life and their tweets and whistles in my garden all day long, I tend to paint doves more often than not.

Purity and innocence best define the dove. For a Christian, it is a sign of hope and the descent of the Holy Spirit. It is also a sign of pure love and compassion, many sayings also insist, be gentle like a dove. It could be a hint to a compassionate and gentle individual. (…from

Some of my works on clothing are featured in the photograph – these were done as long ago as 2010 when I was 86. Recently, my daughter showed me images of beautiful outfits in the 2017 Spring Ready To Wear collection of Mary Katrantzou, which also feature doves! Aaah, such joy to see the gentle feathered friends being the focal point in designer outfits.


Whether the doves appear in my own creations or on the catwalks of Milan, Paris, New York and London, let us hope that the most important message they spread is one of PEACE and TRANQUILITY, much needed in the world today.