Artist Hannah Bullen-Ryner Uses Natural Materials To Create Colorful Bird Portraits

If you’re looking for some artistic inspiration, then look no further than your surroundings. Nature has an infinite amount of amazing things, both living and non-living, that can spark creativity. Hannah Bullen-Ryner is one of those artists who finds solace and inspiration from Mother Nature by using leaves and flowers to create fascinating bird portraits.

This is actually not the first time you’ve heard about talented artists using foraged and locally sourced materials to create amazing artworks. We’ve previously featured artist Raku Inoue who crafts beautiful insects by using flower petals, leaves and twigs. Bullen-Ryner also uses the same approach but instead of insects, she creates mesmerizing birds out of foraged natural materials.


Artist crafts intricate bird portraits by using foraged materials


Furthermore, the artist has a deeper purpose on crafting portraits. As a painter and a photographer, she has always turned to the calming beauty of nature whenever she felt down and weary. However, she began to struggle with anxiety after giving birth to her twin daughters three years ago. She suffered from postnatal depression and felt completely lost. But she had always hoped that Mother Nature would help get her back on her feet.

While she was spending some peaceful alone time in a small patch of woodland, she began foraging leaves and twigs around her. Then she found herself arranging the foraged materials in the form of a bird.


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Looking at her finished piece, she felt reconnected with nature and that gave her a new ray of hope. It’s like Mother Nature telling her to keep moving forward. She continued making portraits by putting together flowers, leaves, berries and twigs she scavenged from her surroundings. For Bullen-Ryner, it’s not just about making impressive art but it’s also about connecting with nature as a way to heal a broken spirit.


Here is what the artist had to say


“Once I started making pieces using only natural materials, I began to truly see all the little details and uniqueness of each and every plant, tree or bush.”, Bullen-Ryner  said. “The tiny wildflowers, the wonderful array of berries, the constantly changing rainbow of color and texture. I am inspired by the forage, the excitement of not knowing what I will find that day, and never knowing what I will end up with after a creative free-flow.”




Just like any pieces of art made of natural materials, her portraits show the enchanting charm of nature. But for her, it’s the ephemerality of the pieces that make it so special. Besides, she captures each piece on camera and shares it with the world before nature reclaims the materials. Follow the artist on Instagram to see all of her lovely creations.


Her work is also fascinating because not only it is stunning but you can also learn about birds to. As you can see the image below features a Hummingbird.



So, let’s take a look at some more of her amazing art



Lots of different materials are used to, Pistachio shells have been used to create this stunning piece of art.












Other artist’s work is also showcased, look at this cute little pouch!


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I am so excited to show you my new handmade creation by the wonderfully talented @therollingstump ??? This little guy was a huge fan and stuck around a while to admire the beautiful organic shape of my one of a kind little pouch. It comes with a detachable cord but I have strung it about my neck and I doubt I will take it off! It is just perfect for stashing little foraged finds on my way to the woodland. I am lucky enough to have my very own 10% discount code and I want to share it with you.. HANNAHBULLENRYNERART. The code can be used at the checkout of the order, and it is available for the whole shop. ??? Support independent artists! ??? #bird #birdlovers #birdartist #organicart #environmentalart #landart #landartist #earthart #earthartist #birdsofinstagram #ephemeral #naturemandala #artforthesoul #arttherapy #paganart #outdoorart #ecoart #naturalart #natureart #natureartwork #ephemeralart #mothernature #gaia #artistsofinstagram #artoftheday #artistry #botanicalartist #flowerartist #hannahbullenrynerart #therollingstump

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All of her work is so intricate and in images like this one you can really see how much work goes into one portrait. These two birds are stunning.



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I often don't write much here in the comments, words do not flow from me like visuals do but I wrote this on my facebook during a strong moment. I think it's worth sharing here too. It's long, I apologise..??? Walking away is sometimes the best bit about what I do.. I get to leave an offering on the woodland floor, and along with it all the built up stresses of modern day life. I walk away calmer, rooted and lighter, knowing that rather than carrying it with me, my offering will fly away on the breeze. For as long as I can remember, I have lived with being very sensitive and I suppose as a by-product of that dealt with sometimes overwhelming anxiety and after I gave birth to twin girls, some crippling bouts of depression. Finding land art has brought me back to myself and honestly has kept me sane this last year and a bit..not to mention helped give me continuity and a safe mental space during the lockdown. But it's so much more than that. Sometimes when I'm asked I say it has become my religion, the woodland I sit in, my temple, my art my spiritual practice.. So much is left on the ground when I walk away, not just the physical elements that can be seen, but parts of myself that no longer serve me, wants, hopes dreams, fears. I release it all out into the universe and then walk away, leaving no trace. I will probably write some more on the subject at some point because it comes up so frequently, but this is part of the reason I make ephemeral art, and not something more permanent. I hope it helps answer some questions about what I do and why I do it and why the temporary nature of my work is so sacred to me??? #bird #birdlovers #birdartist #organicart #environmentalart #landart #landartist #earthart #earthartist #birdsofinstagram #ephemeral #naturemandala #artforthesoul #magical #paganart #outdoorart #ecoart #naturalart #natureart #natureartwork #ephemeralart #mothernature #gaia #artistsofinstagram #artoftheday #artistry #botanicalartist #flowerartist #hannahbullenrynerart

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Most of her work features just one bird



while in portraits like this one there are lots of birds and it looks so cute.





So, what do you think of this beautiful natural art? Let us know in the comment section below! We don’t know about you but we love them all.

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