My latest painting in the chicken series. This chicken is about three times life sized, which is how a chicken feels when you get down on their level and look them in the eyes. Undoubtedly it’s the effect of the direct, unblinking gaze and threat of a sharp beak so close to one’s eyes. They’re not really threatening – it can just feel disconcerting in certain moments. Our cat Phil knows all about that and he hunts birds for dinner. But the chickens are positively unnerving to him!