Great Hornbill of Assam

This commission was inspired by a client’s special memory of spotting a Great Hornbill in Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. It was painted especially as a landmark birthday gift for her husband.

Canvas size 61cm x 91cm.

Framed in an antique pine stained ash tray frame.

Learn more about commissioning a painting by Sky Siouki here.
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Client Testimonial

“I have just received back the most beautiful painting that I had commissioned for my husband’s 50th birthday. It was so difficult to think of a unique present for this special day, but this commission hit the spot. I got in contact with Sky after following her for some time on Instagram. I really loved her style and her amazing talent for hand illustrated birds – and as my husband is a keen birdwatcher, the idea took shape.
We exchanged many initial emails outlining my idea for the painting. My husband and I had visited Kaziranga National Park in Assam some years ago, where we were lucky enough to spot a beautiful Great Hornbill sitting in a tree. It was a very memorable moment and I asked Sky if she thought she could draw the bird.  We then discussed colour palette and the other content of the painting – such as a depiction of a one-horned rhino (also found in Kaziranga) and some Indian motifs.  I needed the colour palette to match with decor in nearby rooms as this painting was to go in a hallway area.
Once Sky took my brief, she put ideas and images together on a Pinterest Board which she shared with me for an approval of ideas, colours and style. I have to say, I was amazed that she nailed it straight away. I didn’t want to mess with Sky’s style so I gave her lots of freedom with the painting part but we agreed on how the bird should look and be placed in the overall composition.
After that, Sky quickly got on with the painting of the canvas, sending me pictures of her progress on a regular basis. I was very happy all the way through and didn’t need to change much…if anything. When Sky transferred her beautiful hand drawn illustration of the Hornbill onto the canvas, it really started to take shape – and I became very excited.
I was absolutely thrilled with the result. It conjured up everything that we had enjoyed about that special trip to Kaziranga – but in Sky’s inimitable style. I had asked for the painting to be framed and her supplier also did an amazing job – even staining the wood to match my interior oak doors. The result was just magnificent and it was well worth having Sky oversee that part.
My husband and I want to say thank you so much Sky, for turning inspiration into reality – with minimal hassle – you are such a pleasure to deal with and nothing was too much trouble. And you’ve got great style. THANK YOU!! We will happily recommend you for any commission – especially for bird and nature lovers like my husband.”

 

Learn more about commissioning a painting by Sky Siouki here.