This piece was for the Locally Grown Art show In Prattsville, NY. My inspiration behind this was growing up in a small town, hunting and fishing with my grand father. This piece is my favorite out of all the works I’ve done. It shows in a nutshell what it is like growing up in Upstate New York the way I was raised. Growing up hunting and fishing teaches you a lot of things, patients is one thing you learn, another is to respect nature and all its creatures. The third thing it taught me is hunting isn’t just about getting that massive Tom, or once in a lifetime buck or even the hunt, its also about being one with nature and figuring out your own place in this big circle of life.
What would I do differently?
Honestly with this piece if I had to do it over I would do it the same. I know it isn’t normal for me not to list things I’d do differently with my work but this piece to me shows who I am as a hunter and a man, these two things I wouldn’t change for the world.