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Marissa’s recent bird portraits echo the style of Georgian figurative miniatures by using flat black shapes which Marissa has added pattern to with decorative floral motifs. “The birds I draw and paint were originally inspired by those in my garden fluttering in and out of bushes or across the lawn. In some of my images I have used flowers and foliage to decorate their bodies, this comes from a visual association of feathers, petals and leaves, affirming birds within nature. For me they also have a spiritual association of love and joy."