Birds of the Bible

Catherine McClung's avatar Catherine McClung

It took 2 years to create this watercolor mural of the 33 different species of birds mentioned in the Bible. After 40 years of observing, photographing, painting birds and 14 years of actively studying the Bible, I had this amazing idea to paint all of them together, the fierce and the fragile, the beautiful and the ugly. Birds play a dynamic role in scripture and their usage is both literal and metaphorical and they teach us lessons about humanity, faith and grace. This provocative art piece helps to reveal grace in wild places which otherwise may never have been noticed before. Throughout my art career I have traveled extensively to observe and take photographic reference of birds, all of which prepared me for this very meaningful piece. There are 300 references to birds in the Bible and when we compare their characteristics to our lives, we learn much about the Creator and our place in creation. Even my inclusion of a lowly dead sparrow has significance.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1' 2
  • Medium: watercolor
  • Width: 9' 4
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 8' 1