“This painting was done for a regular column I did called ‘The Wild File’ for Outside magazine. It was a great job. Readers would send in weird questions about the natural world. The question that generated this image went something like, ‘Do cows really predict the weather by pointing themselves in a particular direction?’ I must confess that I was woefully unenlightened in this area of animal husbandry, but I quickly came to the conclusion that psychic animals are by far the best kind of animals and I hope with all my heart that this bit of farmer lore is 100 percent true. One of the nice things about doing this column was that the editors would send me the questions, but as a result of time constraints they rarely sent me the answers. I was left to make up my own conclusions and that usually resulted in a much more compelling image."