Birdaylia started out as a series of black and white lino cuts, each bird with its challenging name and unique presence. A poetic story developed for each character which explains the reason for their evolvement. Each bird has a purpose and a love of life no matter how unusual their features. From Bollywooloom to Wil, Wal, Wen, they are arranged in alphabetical order and their names require careful perusal and pronunciation. It became clear that colour would add to their presence on the page and bring more joy into their lives as well as those who wish to meet hem.
Anne Randles was born in Adelaide in 1942 and moved to Melbourne in 1966. With three children the family spent two years in England. On return she took up oil painting and won many awards. She taught painting for ten years. She studied Printmaking and Sculpture, with distinction, and enjoyed the diversification and opportunity to be more creative. Anne added writing to her folio and with the arrival of her grandchildren enjoyed developing stories and poems to add to her art work.