A mixed media work on Arches Illustration board, The Universe is in us all invites the viewer to consider the magic and beauty of our natural world. I use birds as metaphors for humanity and symbols of our interdependence as species. Birds have such rich colourations and striking patterns and markings, making them the ideal subject for me as an artist. The moon traditionally symbolises the feminine and mysterious.This work was mainly completed with archival colour pencils (Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D’Arche Luminane, both high end artist quality materials), but also used pastel, gouache and acrylic paint and magical touches of silver. Many hours were spent building up the depth of colour and pattern to create a stunningly beautiful and luminous artwork. Several coats of fixative have been applied. It will require framing.