Elk Rider
As unlikely as it may seem, this painting is based on an old historical photograph taken in Wyoming in the late 19th century. Some who have seen my painting thought I dreamed this one up and have commented that such a rider is likely to get impaled on the antlers. Indeed, at least one man in the American West mounted an elk and rode it around the frontier. However, it is true that I invented the doe and her load, not just for fun but because, as Janie (one of Zora Neal Hurston’s heroines) bitterly quipped, the female so often “is de mule uh de world.”
Gold metallic and Liquitex acrylics on stretched canvas 24” x 24”