Blue Morpho Butterfly
Menelaus in Rainforest:
70 x 45cm

When I did the first Blue Morpho (Morpho menelaus) painting, we had seen these fantastic butterflies in a butterfly park in Monte Verde. We then went to the national park in Manuel Antonio, and saw them in their natural habitat.

Seeing them flying through the rainforest was a bit of a revelation. The flash of their vivid blue wings made the experience a bit like watching a huge firefly. They fly very erratically, and it was this sense of just catching glimpses of vivid blue, that I wanted to try and capture in this painting.

This is probably my loosest work to date and hopefully this adds to the movement captured.