Carrie’s Painting of the Week, 2/2/10

The Hunter

The Hunter

By Carrie Jacobson

In the woods along the banks of the Neversink, in the Myers Grove area of Cuddebackville, moles and voles and mice and squirrels multiply. They are everywhere, digging in the leaf mold, feasting on acorns, drinking from the streams.

Killing them was Eunice’s sworn duty.

She would watch for hours, immobile and silent, and then she would pounce – and woe be to the vole who was slow.

This painting (24 inches by 48 inches) shows Eunice in the instant before she leaped. I know from watching her that she was seeing nothing, feeling nothing, focusing on nothing but the poor creature she was intending to murder.

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