I just love these paintings by the Portland-based painter Meghan Howland. Many of her portraits carry a recurring bird motif and this adds a dreamlike and surreal quality to her images. Dark and mysterious, these painting feel fragile; as though we’re glimpsing a single fleeting moment. The birds add bright flashes of color that often contrast with the tenderness of her subjects. It’s difficult to read into the meaning behind this work but it’s hard not to fall for it’s mysterious beauty.
More work from Meaghan can be see on her website here. For those near Boston this month you can also see a selection of her work at the Seventeenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (21st-24th).