White-tailed Deer, 34" x 28" Oil on Canvas

This was one of my favorite paintings to execute, mainly because of the freedom I took in portraying the foliage. Most of the evening light is coming from behind the deer and lighting up the treeline in golden light, while their velvet racks are catching a lot of blue from the sky directly above them, highlighting their impressive headgear. These two late summer bucks are enjoying one of their last evenings together as buds. Soon this turf won't be big enough for both of them, and they'll go their separate ways in search of ladies.