I became fond of these beautiful and bizarre beasts when I walked along a dirt road in Hume, Virginia. I was visiting my brother and his family for the first time, and I was shocked to see Longhorns staring back at me. I always pictured them in Texas or out West somewhere, but definitely not in Virginia. Maybe this surprise encounter allowed me to recognize the playful strength of such a creature. The whimsy of the unbelievably large horns upon a stocky steer. I am enthralled by the negative space that the playful horns create and desire to convey the beauty, power and creative essence of this animal.