The Gouldian finch (Chloebia gouldiae), is also known as the rainbow finch and the Lady Gouldian finch. They are prone to viral infections and, together with habitat reduction , their numbers have decreased dramatically. These beautiful multi coloured birds can be found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, where they become more nomadic during the dry season as they search for food and water. While traveling through the vast arid countryside, many abandoned transport vehicles can be spotted rusting away. The multi coloured rust and peeling paint of these forlorn chunks of metal provide the perfect perching spot for the finches. The vibrant colours of these dainty birds, and my fascination with rust, inspired me to combine these two equally attractive subjects in my painting: ‘The view is better from up here'.