Nature, it has often been said, is the greatest artist of them all, and nowhere is this made more clear than in the elegant and often breathtaking colours in the plumage of birds. These images show the breadth of colours in nature’s palette, from the small incremental changes in the feathers of the humble garden bird to the show-off extravagance of their tropical cousins. The beautiful birds below however are all the work of paper artist Diana Beltran Herrera. Stunningly lifelike, fascinatingly constructed and with an expert eye for the colour combinations and effects of the natural world, each one is painstakingly created from cut paper. After graduating from her BA degree in industrial Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (Bogota, Colombia) in 2010, Diana began working as an artist exploring the patterns found in nature, and creating sculptures that comment on nature’s necessary impermanence. Today she is highly sought after to bring her skills to external projects, including a set of stamps featuring birds of the world.
For more inspiring birds in all their subtle-hued glory check out Diana’s website, where you can also find her work to purchase. She also runs workshops on how to create paper art yourself, and you can find a fascinating set of photographs documenting exactly how these true-to-life art objects are created.