The painting was created by Lakeland nature and wildlife fine artist, Mike J. Nowak and is the 8th commission, but only the second in the “Florida Agricultural Heritage” themed series.
Called “Cattle Pond,” the painting captures a warm, lazy day with grazing cattle on Florida’s natural pastureland landscape. “Capturing the beauty and essence…is the driving force to the soul of my painting and inspiration,” states Nowak.
The Saunders Collection started in 2004 with the first series theme, “Natural Lands of Florida,” portrays scenes of untouched Florida natural lands and “Old Florida” landscapes, all six created by well-known Florida wildlife artist Thomas Brooks.
Starting in 2011, a new series, “Florida Agricultural Heritage” began with the painting of Florida orange groves by fine artist David Escadero of New Mexico.
The subject of the next painting and the selected artist is a closely held secret by those involved. The unveling of both painting and announcement of artist is saved for the annual BBQ event each year. The fine artist is in attendance to visit with attendees and talk about the creative process.