This shows a traditional maple sap gathering scene. A team of horses pulls the sleigh on one of the routes between trees which are hung with sap pails. A child rides along on this exciting activity. In the background the sugar shanty is already showing billows of steam as the man inside stokes the evaporator.
This painting was commissioned by the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival to celebrate their 50th anniversary. I tried to include many aspects of the traditional gathering experience as this piece will continue to be used for their poster.