Since last year's PA show, Josh Kenaston and I had been talking about working on a collective artist's piece. Here it is now and how it came to be, a pictorial of the process. In August 2010 I went on a crop damage (red tag) hunt and took a nice doe with a beautiful summer cape. skinned and saved it for the freezer, but had no idea what I would do with it. The idea didn't click until I got another mature doe during opening week of Archery season in October. I later got the last doe, a long haired November deer, in West Virginia's rifle season and had all three capes we needed to do a piece with the concept of a whitetail's seasonal transitions. The original concept sketch, very rough: The refined sketch: Josh made the base from old barnwood. The rustic nature of the wood seemed to fit the concept much better than something polished and smooth. We decided later that we would do a little alteration on the forms to make it more unique, and enhance the composition. The top form's head was tilted up, the middle one stayed stock, and the bottom form came as a standing half lifesize, altered into a laying down pose with an additional tilting down of the head. The ground and rocks were built up with foam pieces my Dad brought home from work, which were saved from shipping boxes. All ground cover and rocks were formed using Nicholas Lindsay mache (mud mix and rock mix). A shallow stream was made down the middle using Envirotex. The leaves are all silks, but the weeds at the top winter scene were taken from one of my hunting areas because I could not find a convincing replacement for them. I bought icicles from Lynchman on the forums, and a real dried butterfly for the bottom of the base that would sit by the quote engraving embedded into the rock "Change is the essence of life" (Since butterflies are a symbol of change). Winter doe mounted by Josh We were very honored to receive First Place Collective Artists and the Perry Klein memorial award this weekend at the 2011 PTA Show!!!!!!