Of all the subjects I have pained in the past my favorite choices have always bee birds. In depicting the Black Fronted Tern I chose to paint it in a simple setting to show off the beauty of a bird preening.
The name Black Fronted Tern is a bit of a misnomer as it has predominantly grey plumage. There is a thin white streak running along the cheeks underneath the black cap. It is a relatively small tern measuring approximately 12 inches in length. It is found in New Zealand near bodies of fresh water.