My cousin, David Hartis Jr. (known as Jr.) age 63 was buried today after a long battle with cancer. He was an avid outdoorsman excelling in hunting and fishing. He was a master at many things--bow maker, call maker (turkey, ducks), knife maker, fishing lures, carpentry, excellent marksman and was also very artistic. But most important he was a family man and he loved his wife Loretta and daughters Lynn and Tia and their families very much. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed!
The image above is a painting that Jr. painted and gave me of an American Kestrel, I love the detail of the bird, flowers, even barbed wire. I keep it in my studio as one of my inspirations. Below is a painting he did of a turkey. My son is also an avid outdoorsman and when he killed his first turkey, Jr. mounted the feathers and painted the turkey on the leather piece. The bottom image shows the feathers also.