Jacqueline G Cleijne

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Jacqui Cleijne

Animal Life & Nature Art

Jacqueline Cleijne is a local born, self-taught artist with a passion for depicting Tasmanian wildlife and wilderness. This passion is evident in her beautiful interpretation of the states natural picturesque serenity and unique native animal life.


Born in Hobart Tasmania, Jacqui lived and worked for a period as an Architectural Draftsperson in Queensland, returning back to Tasmania in the late 80's to pursue her drafting career and follow her passion for art...{read more}


Deloraine, Tasmania

"Celebrating the Life of Animals & Nature Through Art"


Below is some information about the wildlife often found in my paintings. It gives the viewer insight into their amazing lives and helps people to appreciate these wild mammals and birds more, and building awareness as to the habitat destruction occuring at an alarming rate, and ways in which we can all help preserve our Wilderness and it's inbabitants.

The Tawny Frogmouth lives in forests and woodlands.

During the day they sit motionless and upright on branches or on the ground, head tilted up and eyes closed to slits. The tufts of bristly feathers around their broad, triangular beak help to break up their outline and their plumage, which is finely streaked and mottled in grey, brown and reddish brown, resembles tree bark in the dappled forest light. So perfect is their camouflage that a Frogmouth roosting n a tree looks just like a tree branch. If this disguise is penetrated, however, t adopts a threatening pose, fluffing out it's feathers, displaying their large orange eyes and opening their beaks in a wide frog-like gape to reveal a startling yellow throat. At dusk, Frogmouths begin hunting food. From a perch they watch the ground for insects, small frogs and lizards, planning down on them on their long, rounded wings. All Australian Frogmouths are spring and summer breeders, pairs forming lifelong bonds and occupying the same small patch of forest throughout the year. The pair build their nest together, breaking twigs into small pieces and weaving them into a platform in the fork of a tree. They also share incubation. Tawny Frogmouths are common throughout Australia wherever there are trees and space to hunt for food, though they are scarcer in dense rainforest and the sparse interior. Frogmouths are so well camouflaged that their 'ooom-ooom' call is often the only clue to their whereabouts. They resort to aggressive behaviour, feathers fluffed out and beak wide open, only when their camouflage is unsuccessful. They lay up to four eggs, which hatch into downy chicks after a month. Parents share all the nesting duties, including incubation, brooding and feeding of their young. After the breeding season Frogmouth families often perch side by side on the same branch during the day.