Golden Ram

Acrylic, 2013

Painting of a bighorn ram with distinctive curly horns, against the backdrop of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
I first locked eyes with this bighorn ram as I was trying to gain access to my hotel room in Golden, BC. I was delivering paintings to an art gallery in Canmore and decided to split the drive and stop in Golden for the night. The herd of sheep was larger than usual and there were in fact two ram that were protecting and guiding the herd. As I passed this ram he gave me a few snuff's, a bit of a territorial warning, which I heeded , giving the ram a wide birth. In the morning the herd was still at my door, as the mist in the mountains began to lift. This painting captures the mood of the remarkable Canadian encounter.