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“Stepping into the Light” – Ring-necked Pheasant. This painting measures 7″x12″ and is completed in acrylics on masonite board.
Sitting in my ghillie suit, against an old fence post in rural South Dakota, I watched through my camera lens as a beautiful rooster pheasant strutted across the field. There was a narrow stream of intense morning sun peaking across the prairie and I could tell he was about to step into the light. As soon as the light started to touch him, I held down on the shutter button and prayed that the exposure and shutter speeds were appropriate for the situation at hand. The divine moment was over in a second and I was excited when I reviewed the images. I recently got around to completing a painting inspired from the reference taken that morning. I am donating it to a Pheasants Forever banquet in Ohio.

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