Self-taught artist Dan Morley draws inspiration from his lifelong fascination for insects, which form a motif throughout his work, in particular moths and spiders.


The representation of butterflies came from this childhood obsession and wonder, particularly in the transformation the insects go through during their life cycles. The work also allows Morley to highlight the huge ecological issues the world faces with the decimation of insect species, due to climate change and the intervention of humans in the butterflies’ natural habitats. 


Morley paints his subjects like specimens from an antique collection of Victorian natural history museum display cases and handmakes the wooden frames to be in keeping with that point of reference. 

Dan Morley | Blue Mountain Swallow Tail

  • Oil painting, repurposed wood