High Country – Stone Sheep
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36” x 48”, acrylic, 1977
The stone sheep is the southern and darker form of the Dall's sheep. It lives in the higher and more remote parts of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In the summer, the rams gather in small bands and move to higher pastures.

This species has perhaps the keenest eyesight of all game animals. It is only the stealthiest and luckiest observer that sees him at close range.

In this painting, I wanted to capture the breathtaking majesty of the domain of the stone sheep and to give a feeling of precariousness. They live in a world of precipitous cliffs. Though it almost never happens, there is always a possibility of a spectacular fall.