The birds are almost beside the point. It’s what’s surrounding them that captivates the viewer: the lettering that spells out the chirper’s names, the break from the precise borders of the classic French Matte giving the painting a contemporary twist, and the random drips punctuating deliberate, masterful strokes. Daniel Maffia’s recent series of paintings remind us how similar our existence is to the birds we share our yards and landscapes with: “They build like we do, they hang about like we do, they bicker and occasionally sing. They even appropriate other people’s songs, just like we do,” he says.