As the sun dipped low in the sky, casting long shadows across the rugged desert landscape. A magnificent scene unfolded before my eyes. I stood in awe as a colossal mule deer buck fiercely defended his harem of does from smaller rivals. His antlers, like a majestic crown, glistened in the intense sunlight piercing through the darkening sky, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. This was a sight I would never forget.
In the distance stood the towering red rock formation I call the Throne, which bore witness to the ancient ritual playing out in the desert. The Joshua trees, cactus, yucca, and creosote bushes formed a unique backdrop to the struggle for dominance and the gathering of the does by their powerful king. It was as if the harsh, arid environment itself had forged these creatures into symbols of resilience and strength.
As the approaching storm darkened the sky, the light broke through the clouds, bathing the buck and his does in an ethereal glow. It was a moment of pure, unfiltered beauty, and I knew I had to capture it. With this scene etched vividly in my mind, I set out to translate it onto canvas.
As I worked to express this breathtaking spectacle that had unfolded before me, this majestic mule deer buck — whom I named Joshua Buck — stared back at me, as testament to the awe-inspiring yet rugged majesty of the desert landscape. It encapsulated the raw power and delicate harmony of desert mule deer and their harsh yet stunning habitat.
My paintings are basically a personal entry in my journal; I usually paint from something I have seen and experienced. For my final painting of 2023, I feel that I have captured a fleeting moment of nature’s grandeur, one that will endure through the ages. “Joshua Buck Moving to His Throne” is not just a painting; it’s a testament to the resilience of life, the splendors of the wild, and the enduring power of art to encapsulate the magnificence of our world.
The original “Joshua Buck Moving to His Throne,” a 36 x 24 linen canvas painted in acrylics, is currently available for sale, offering art collectors and enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the untamed beauty of the desert wilderness for themselves.