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Lincoln Miller and his pet lorikeet ‘Louie’ have found a creative way to campaign for something they are both very passionate about.

Using brushes, paint and poses, the pair are working together to create art they hope will help save their beloved Hunter Wetlands.

Feather Friends and Wetland Wanderings Exhibition is a month-long art exhibition featuring the works of three of the Shortland wildlife sanctuary’s volunteers.

Tasked with the theme Works Inspired by Nature, the Novocastrian artist has chosen to showcase the beauty of his favourite feathered companion.

“His character, emotions and behaviour manipulate and inspire me,” Miller says.

“What I’m trying to share with you is part of ‘that’ daily life with Louie.”

Lincoln Miller at work

Boasting a career that spans almost 40 years and stretches the globe, Miller’s works can be found in France, England, India, Japan, America, Germany, Korea, China, Philippines, and Australia in private, public and corporate collections.

He sold his first artwork in Darwin in 1993 and has since showcased his creations in more than 19 solo art exhibitions, 15 joint exhibitions, as well as being commissioned to do murals and portraitures. 

Fujian Museum collected five of his works in 2007 and two in 2009.

His latest creation is much closer to home.

Having volunteered at the wetlands since 2018, nature-lover Miller was all too happy to put brush to canvas to express his unique relationship with pet Louie.

“It’s hard to express the relationship we have together but I do hope my paintings help you in understanding our affection for each other,” he says.

In his paintings Lincoln uses oil paint, acrylic and Chinese ink.

“I’ve found from the many years I lived in China that the freedom of Chinese ink allows me to capture the raw emotion of ‘Louie’. 

“It does however have a softer effect than oil paint and acrylic.”

Miller joins fellow Hunter Wetlands volunteers Danny Giles and Lianna Guo in showcasing their talents at the Hunter Wetlands Centre’s Works inspired by Nature Exhibition open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm until 1 April.

Lincoln Miller

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