My good friend from high school, Karen Thomas, graciously gave me permission to paint from a photo of her grandkids. I lived down the street from Karen for a few years when we were younger and we remained friends throughout high school. Karen has one of those lovely stories about marrying her high school sweetheart and they have raised a lovely family together. I titled this "First Time" because it is the first time I have ever drawn or painted a deer and of course because it tells the story for the kids getting to feed the deer. The photo captured that magic moment and I hope my painting brings it to life.
I am selling this painting with all proceeds going to help a young man (former elementary student of mine) finance a trip to Haiti to help build an orphanage. It is $225 plus $10 shipping and I am selling it framed. The painting was inspired by a painting I saw of Italy, but I decided to do my home state of Vermont with Camel's Hump in the background, a colonial style house, Rosa Rugosa in the foreground and field of rape seed which is the source of canola oil and is being pressed in New Hampshire and sold in Farmer's Markets. Trials on growing rapeseed in Vermont have been studied by the University of Vermont, but sunflower growing seems to have taken hold throughout the state. Both sunflowers and rapeseed make for a very picturesque landscape! Email me if you are interested in purchasing this painting which will aid Josh on his humanitarian adventure.