Heading for Better Grazing, 2016

Heading for Better Grazing, 2016
oil on belgian linen
36 x 24 in
(91.44h x 60.96w cm)
SOLD

Most artists will agree that painting an animal as it runs head-on towards you is the most difficult technical pose to capture on canvas. Sometimes however, you experience something so intense that it inspires you to create. While completing field research for a commission at the Yellowstone Club’s Warren Miller Lodge in Big Sky Montana I witnessed a massive bachelor herd making its way out of the high country heading for the lower slopes and better grazing. Unfortunately for me, I was exactly in the center of their desired path! Several times I had to leap out of the way as bison headed straight for me with no intentions of being deterred by a lone artist. Their silent footsteps, massive bodies and heavy breathing has lingered with me long after the cold day in the field. 

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Heading for Better Grazing, 2016
oil on belgian linen
36 x 24 in
(91.44h x 60.96w cm)
SOLD

Most artists will agree that painting an animal as it runs head-on towards you is the most difficult technical pose to capture on canvas. Sometimes however, you experience something so intense that it inspires you to create. While completing field research for a commission at the Yellowstone Club’s Warren Miller Lodge in Big Sky Montana I witnessed a massive bachelor herd making its way out of the high country heading for the lower slopes and better grazing. Unfortunately for me, I was exactly in the center of their desired path! Several times I had to leap out of the way as bison headed straight for me with no intentions of being deterred by a lone artist. Their silent footsteps, massive bodies and heavy breathing has lingered with me long after the cold day in the field.