I painted this scene several months ago in a larger version to go over our fireplace. This is a smaller version in a different format. Ghost Ranch is a beautiful area--a favorite spot for both artists and hikers.
We have been hiking many times in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge but had never before taken the short hike to this overlook. On our last trip to the refuge, we stopped at a very small parking spot to take the walk over the hill and were amazed at this view of the river. It was late in the afternoon and the trees were alight with the afternoon sun while the shadows provided some dramatic contrast.
This is a painting of two does I photographed in the wildlife refuge many years ago. I had painted them years ago and decided to repaint the same scene to see if I my style of painting has changed. The photo was taken in the campground. There is a herd of deer that hangs around the campground hoping to be fed.