Miriam Darlington: Owl Sense

My 2019 painting ‘Moonlight Shadow’ mocked up as a cover for Miriam Darlington’s Owl Sense. I grew up on a council estate that stopped dead at the edge of former mining works, an abandoned farm and, beyond that, untold acres of woodland. Sadly, most of that’s now gone, buried under housing estates and the M621 motorway, but as a kid I remember being out in the woods and catching fleeting glimpses of barn owls, vespertine spectres in the smokey dusk, looking – just as J.A. Baker exquisitely described them – like “burning snow.” Here’s the original painting:

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