A Quilled Portrait of Cardinal Love

June 22, 2021

A Quilled Portrait of Cardinal Love

I call this piece “A Quilled Portrait of Cardinal Love.” Nestled on a berry bush, facing each other with a silent conversation, this artwork became a celebration of nature’s artistry and my own passion for bringing it to life through paper.

Introducing the Cardinals: A Symbol of Connection

Cardinals hold a special place in the hearts of many, with their vibrant red feathers and melodious songs evoking a sense of connection to nature’s splendor. For this paper quilled artwork, I chose to depict a pair of cardinals, the male and female perched on a berry bush, their gazes locked in an unspoken bond. This depiction was more than just an artistic endeavor; it was a tribute to the harmony that exists in the natural world.

From Photo to Paper: A Journey of Realism

To create a truly lifelike representation of the cardinals, I took inspiration from an actual photograph of a pair. I meticulously crafted cutouts of their body shapes to serve as reference points. This process allowed me to capture the intricate details of their feathers, the curve of their beaks, and the sparkle in their eyes.

A Window into their World: The Berry Bush

The berry bush that serves as the backdrop for the cardinals was more than just an artistic element—it was a window into their world. The carefully quilled leaves, the vibrant berries, and the subtle shading created a sense of depth that transported viewers to the moment the cardinals chose to share. It was a glimpse into the intimate connection they shared with their surroundings.

A Journey of Familiarity: Cardinals as Beloved Subjects

For me, cardinals have been more than just subjects of artistic exploration; they’ve become beloved companions in my creative journey. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of bringing different cardinal depictions to life, each one a unique celebration of their elegance and significance. This paper quilled artwork was a culmination of my deep connection with these birds, a testament to the familiarity and fondness that has grown with every coil.


Creating this paper quilled artwork of a pair of cardinals has been a journey of merging artistic vision with the splendor of nature. Through every curl, coil, and cutout, I aimed to capture the essence of these birds—both as subjects of beauty and as symbols of connection. The process of translating a photograph into an intricate piece of art reaffirmed my belief in the power of creativity and the endless possibilities that paper quilling offers.

As I gaze upon this artwork, I’m reminded that art has the ability to transcend boundaries, to bridge the gap between the tangible and the intangible. It’s a tribute to the wonders that surround us, a celebration of the delicate balance that exists in the natural world. This paper quilled depiction of cardinal love is a homage to the silent conversations that shape our lives, reminding us that beauty, connection, and harmony are all around us, waiting to be captured through the strokes of an artist’s hand.