The Monk's mother was a very skilled artist, but, sadly, never had the opportunity to really make use of it. That said, she has left a number of drawings, sketches and paintings for the family. The picture below is one she did in pastels of an unusual bird, native to the Tsitsikama Forest. The Knysna Loerie is pretty close to its prehistoric ancestors and is a particularly beautiful bird. They make short gliding flights from tree to tree and are fruit and berry eaters.
The picture hangs in our stairwell, and the colours are very close to the live birds. They are green, with iridescent blue/green tails and trailing edges of their wings. The underside of the wing is a brilliant red.