When I was a kid, I always saw deer heads hanging on walls – way up high. I guess they took on a “larger than life” appearance in my 5 year old eyes and I never lost it. I’m always surprised now when I see the size of most deer in the woods. When I happened on this scene, I was struck by the beauty of these two does in the midst of this these snow laden trees, but the scene was missing something – Something Big! So I sketched in what I envisioned as the perfect buck – viewed from that lower angle where I had seen all the “big ones” as a kid, so this buck would seem larger than life, too. Winter Lace is dreamy on purpose. Not only is the landscape a winter wonderland of snow covered twigs and branches, but that magnificent buck, Wow! I want it to be your dream and vision of one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.
~ Mark Keathley