This series began with a tragedy. Maggie and her partner were cutting back a tree by the house when a baby hummingbird popped out of a nest and fell to the ground. She put the little being back in her nest and secured it to the remaining branches, and watched from inside while the mother returned to feed it. The baby survived for two more weeks before succumbing to a predator. Feeling unexpected grief, Parr turned to painting for comfort - and started a whole new series of hummingbirds, using feathers and leaves from her yard to create textures. Now she never trims trees during mating season!
See Parr's other Bird paintings here.