Much like a giant whitetail, this painting has eluded me for years, and I'm excited that I finally tracked down the opportunity to paint it. For me it's much more than just a painting. It's a pivotal moment where I look back to the dreams and memories wrapped up in all my early whitetail sketches, and then turn and look forward to continue building a meaningful collection of whitetail paintings capturing new dreams and memories.
A stack of old sketches proves that whitetails have been one of my favorite subjects from the very start. In those early days I dreamt of composing scenes like this one. A scene in which the viewer can feel the air temperature, smell the dry leaves, hear the soft rustle of corn leaves, and take in the moment as the soft glow of ambient light blankets the entire experience.
Upon completing this painting it seemed like a good time to look back on previous whitetail works and see the improvement being made over the years. Following are a handful of whitetail drawings and paintings, starting with this recently completed painting, and ending with my first sketch from 1995.