By Kyle Jillson | December 30 2009 06:00

Last week we took a look at the Knife of the Year in our preview of 2010 Friends of NRA merchandise. This week we're spotlighting the Print of the Year by architect-turned-artist Pat Pauley.

From award-winning and world-renowned wildlife artist, Pat Pauley, comes the breathtaking 2010 Friends of NRA Print of the Year “Autumn Gold”. In his latest painting, Pauley depicts a regal, mature whitetail buck accompanied by two doe enjoying a tranquil streamside setting in the fall.

The sunrise sets a stunning scene where Pauley brilliantly unifies the contrasting features of a whitetail deer’s graceful beauty and physical intensity and uses the piercing, cool blue hues flowing throughout the stream to balance the warm shades of fall.

“I wanted to do a painting of a mature Whitetail that captures the essence of that moment when you get a glimpse of a monster buck, only to realize that he has already spotted you and you know that it is only a matter of seconds before he will take off. I try to capture those fleeting moments in nature with my paintings.” said Pauley. “They are the times when each of us as outdoorsmen have experienced something in nature that make our hearts pound and leave you in awe.”

This limited edition giclée is on stretched canvas, printed with fade resistant inks and comes in a dark rustic colored frame with linen liner. Measures approximately 35¼" x 25¼" with frame. This edition is signed by the artist and numbered through 1,125. Printed and framed in the USA. Exclusive to the Friends of NRA program.

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