I thought it was time for me to paint a cow portrait. I know they've been popular subject matter recently. The story of the reference photos for this piece is somewhat amusing. Having grown up on a cattle farm I always feel pretty comfortable around bovine. My brother’s cattle were grazing in a pasture near our home last week. I decided to jump the barbed wire fence and take some photos. As soon as I started taking photos a large Black Angus bull in the herd began looking me over. Finally he put his head down and started walking in my direction. I usually try to be cautious so I immediately jumped back over the fence with camera in tow. I walked home and grabbed my telescopic lenses. I then finished the photography in the safety outside the pasture.