I favor painting the winter landscape because the light is magical on snow-covered hills and trees at any time of day and the stark nakedness of deciduous trees that time of year reveal their true and interesting structures.  Such was the case with this painting.  I was drawn to the sheer verticality of the bare trunks and branches against the dark woods behind, and for a sense of scale, placed a doe emerging into the open snowy field, a typical sight in the bucolic hills of Connecticut and New England.  This scene was painted by first splashing in all sorts of browns, purples and blues, letting them dry, and then painting the dark negative space of the forest behind with fine brushes and without the use of a masking agent.  This painting has won more than one major award.